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  • The October Revolution of 1917 and Estonia

    By taking advantage of the political instability and ever diminishing popularity of the Provisional Government, the Workers and Soldiers Soviets, lead by the Bolsheviks, seized the power Petrograd in autumn 1917. The coup also affected Estonia, where the local Soviets came to power. Estonian … Continue reading

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  • German occupation in Estonia (1941-1944)

    Germany occupied Estonia in 1941, and its rule lasted until autumn of 1944. Even though Estonian Self-Administration was active, Estonians did not have a say in most of the matters, most important calls were made by military powers and general commissar. Even though German repressions were not as … Continue reading

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  • Signing of the Peace Treaty of Tartu

    Estonia was the first democratic country to sign an official agreement with the Bolshevik regime. This was the Peace Treaty of Tartu, signed on February 2, 1920, which ended the War of Independence. With it, the Soviet Russia acknowledged the independence and sovereignty of Estonia. President … Continue reading

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  • Meteorite falls in Estonia

    Meteorites that have fallen on Estonian territory without leaving remarkable traces: 1821 - a meteorite fell in Kaiavere, near Jõgeva, but only few rumors reached Tartu and a small note was published in local newspaper; 1855 - aerolite shower in Kaande, Saaremaa; 1856 - a unique, glass-like … Continue reading

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