Bringing war into everyday: re-education of society in postwar Soviet Estonia
Start Date and Time:
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 11:00AM
End Date and Time:
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1:00PM
Several historians have called the 20th century a century of war. The Estonian people had to participate in the two World Wars, the War of Independence and fight on different fronts of the Cold War. The 1940s and Stalinist repressions were one of the harshest periods for the population.
The loss of independent statehood alongside with arrests, deportations, imprisonments, different fears and losses caused permanent scars that are hard to heal. Studying and raising awareness of this era in society has also been complicated. I will focus on the Sovietization of Estonian society and the process of people’s re-education accompanied by diverse campaigns against potential enemies. These campaigns were also directed against people’s mutual relations with the aim of dividing society. Sometimes people had to find survival strategies in extreme situations, testing the limits of human abilities. The analysis of personal and state strategies reveals different combinations of practices and socio-cultural norms necessary for understanding the experiences of Estonia as a small nation.
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