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Everyday Life in Stalinist Estonia


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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Resistance and Accommodation in Postwar Estonia


Armed resistance is an important topic in current research on Stalinism in the Baltic states. In-depth study of this subject became possible due to the “archival revolution” and enormous efforts to collect oral history accounts. Along with Stalinist repression1 and the political history of the Sovietization period, resis- tance to Soviet rule has been among the most relevant and contentious themes among historians studying Stalinism. Several books and articles have been pub- lished on the subject. 2 The most eminent Estonian expert, Mart Laar,3 some- 1 Mart Arold (ed.), Sortside saladused, 12 vols. (Tartu, 1993–2001); Aigi Rahi, 1949. aasta märtsiküüditamine Tartu linnas ja maakonnas (Tartu, 1998); Leo Õispuu (comp.), Political Arrests in Estonia under Soviet Occupation, 3 vols. (Tallinn, 1996–2005); Leo Õispuu (comp.), Deportation from Estonia to Russia, 3 vols. (Tallinn, 1999–2003); Aigi Rahi-Tamm, Teise maailmasõja järgsed massirepressioonid Eestis: Allikad ja uurimis- seis (Tartu, 2004); Vello Salo (ed.), The White Book: Losses Inflicted on the Estonian Nation by Occupation Regimes 1940–1991 (Tallinn, 2005); Kristi Kukk and Toivo Raun (eds.), Soviet Deportations in Estonia: Impact and Legacy; Articles and Life His- tories (Tartu, 2007); Leo Õispuu (comp.), Crimes of Soviet Occupation in Estonia: De- ported, Arrested, Murdered 1940–1990 (Tallinn, 2007); Aigi Rahi-Tamm, ‘Nõukogude repressioonide uurimisest Eestis’, Tõnu Tannberg (ed.), Eesti NSV aastatel 1940–1953: Sovetiseerimise mehhanismid ja tagajärjed Nõukogude Liidu ja Ida-Euroopa arengute kontekstis (Tartu, 2007), pp. 30–64; Olaf Mertelsmann and Aigi Rahi-Tamm, ‘Clean- sing and...

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