Russian declaration on the rights of the nations

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02. November 1917

On November 2 1917, Soviet government passed the declaration on the rights of nations in Russia, that gave all nations the full right of self-determination.

In Estonia, this meant that Estonian was established as the official language in most of the government offices, and primary schools were to teach in Estonian.

In November-December 1917, Estonian nationalist understood that Estonia has to be declared an autonomous, neutral republic. The Provincial Assembly continued its work underground, and on the December 24 1917 its Committee of Elders started to support the idea of independence.

Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI, Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2005
Õie Elango, Ants Ruusmann ja Karl Siilivask. Eesti maast ja rahvast: Maailmasõjast maailmasõjani. Tallinn: Olion, 1998
Eesti ajalugu: kronoloogia. Tallinn: Olion, 2007
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.


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