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Everyday Life in Stalinist Estonia

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Olaf Mertelsmann

In Estonia, as in other Eastern European countries, the Stalinist era remains in the center of attention of historians. Politics, repression and resistance dominate the historiography, while everyday life is definitely under-represented. This book attempts to close the gap and focuses on different aspects of everyday life in Stalinist Estonia.

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For more than a decade I have been researching Stalinism and Sovietization in the Baltic states, especially in Estonia. I conducted not only archival research but also oral history interviews and used written life stories. My main interests lie in social and economic history and the history of everyday life. This book brings together papers that remained unpublished or were published in remote places. Since they contain fresh material and insights not only on contemporary Estonian history but hopefully also on the social history of Stalinism in general, I decided to rework and to publish them in one volume. In Estonia, as in other Eastern European countries, the Stalinist era remains in the center of attention and represents a cornerstone of memorial culture as well. In all three Baltic states history commissions have worked extensively on the era. Politics, repression and resistance dominate the historiography, while everyday life is definitely under-represented. With this book I hope to close the gap a bit. In addition, a great deal of research has been published in only one of the three respective national languages of the Baltic states and thus is not acces- sible to a wider audience. I would like to thank my colleagues Prof. Eero Medijainen, Dr. Tõnu Tannberg and Dr. Aigi Rahi-Tamm in Tartu, as well as Prof. Elena Zubkova (Moscow), Prof. Irēna Saleniece (Daugavpils) and Prof. Geoffrey Swain (Glas- gow). This publication was financially supported by the project “Baltic Region- alism: Constructing Political Space(s) in Northern...

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