Estonia of the 21st Century
Jake Harrison (8th Hour)
Sweden took control of Estonia in the 1500's, reducing the power of the Balts. (The German landowning class)
In 1721, Russia took over from Sweden. The Estonians were then subject to a double bondage between the Balts and the czarist officials.
This oppression lasted until after World War I, when Estonia gained it's independence in 1920.
During World War II, Adolf Hitler (Germany) and Joseph Stalin (USSR) signed an agreement dividing up much of Europe, including Estonia. Hitler broke the treaty, and in 1941, the Nazi Army took control of the country. They retreated in 1944, allowing the Russians to regain Estonia.
Lalupidu Singing Festival
Held every year in Estonia since 1869
Leader of the Soviet Union during the Singing Revolution
Symbol of the Estonian people
The People and Culture
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