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  • Peasants of the Baltic Governorates are freed from serfdom

    The process of abolition of serfdom in the Governorates of Estonia, Livonia and Courland came about thanks to enlightenment-minded czar Alexander I, and due to economic problems the local landlords were facing. Serfdom was abolished in 1816-1819. It was a kind of experiment in the Russian Empire, … Continue reading

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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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  • The Great Northern War (1700-1721)

    The Great Northern War was one of the most difficult episodes in the history of Estonia, bringing along severe devastation, famine and plague. Estonians managed to survive the ordeal, and the difficult times were followed by 200-year long period of peace, under the rule of … Continue reading

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  • Forts of the Order in Estonia

    During the XIII-XIV centuries, different kinds of forts were built to Estonia. Largest and mightiest of those were constructed by the Livonian Order, most well known are the forts of Viljandi, Tallinn, Narva and Paide. But additional 12 forts were built. Most of the forts served as the residences … Continue reading

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