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  • Denmark's rule in Estonia

    Denmark never ruled all of Estonia, but during the XIII-XVII centuries, it had hold over areas in Northern and Western Estonia and also over the islands in Western Estonia. It can be said that there has been three Danish eras in Estonia, the first one lasting for a very short period of time: from … 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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  • Anton Thor Helle and the story of the Estonian Bible translation

    After decades of hard work, the first Bible in Estonian was published in 1739. This publication brought along a change in Estonian written language: North-Estonian became the widespread norm of the written language. Most prominent figure in the whole process was Anton Thor Helle, a pastor in … Continue reading

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  • World War I and Estonia

    In 1914, war broke out between European powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary on the one side and Russia, France, and Great Britain on the other). Soon, this had escalated into a world war. In the beginning of 1917, a revolution broke out in Russia, country that was politically and economically fell … Continue reading

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