Synopses & Reviews
In this comprehensive survey of Estonian history, Toivo Raun places recent events into historical perspective with up-to-date information on the era of glasnost and perestroika (1985-1991), analyzing the striking process of rebirth, renewal, and de-Sovietization. He stresses the role of Estonia's strategic geopolitical location and the small number of ethnic Estonians as crucial factors that have shaped the history of the area and its inhabitants. Since prehistoric times Estonia has been a crossroads of northeastern Europe where the major powers of the region have struggled for influence. Estonia and the Estonians offers a balanced topical survey covering political history, the economy, social and demographic developments, and cultural life. Attention is also paid to historiography and to differing interpretations of major issues; throughout the book the history of Estonia is viewed in the larger context of northern and eastern Europe.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -354) and index.
A comprehensive survey of Estonian history.
A comprehensive survey of Estonian history, placing recent events into historical perspective. The author analyzes the country's post-communist transition, its strategic geopolitical location, and the role of ethnic Estonians in shaping the history of the area.
About the Author
Toivo U. Raun was born in Tartu, Estonia, and educated in the United States, receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is currently a professor of Central Eurasian studies and adjunct professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington, and past president of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.
Table of Contents
Estonia before 1710. The prehistoric era ; Medieval Livonia, 1200-1561 ; Polish and Swedish hegemony, 1561-1710 Estonia under imperial Russia. The zenith and eclipse of serfdom, 1710-1860. National awakening and Russification, 1860-1900 ; Revolution and war, 1900-1917 -- Independent Estonia. The emergence of Estonian independence, 1910-1920 ; The republic of Estonia, 1920-1939 ; Estonia in crisis, 1939-1940 -- Soviet Estonia. The first year of Soviet rule, 1940-1941 ; The German occupation, 1941-1944 ; The Stalinist era, 1944-1953 ; The post-Stalin era, 1953-1985 ; Rebirth and de-Sovietization, 1985-1991 -- Independence restored. Estonia in the 1990s.