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  • The Republic of Estonia in 1918-1940: the annexation of Estonia in 1940

    While the German army was fighting successful battles in the Western Europe, Soviet leadership decided to fully incorporate the Baltic states. In June 1940, large Red Army troops were rallied to the Estonian-Russian border, and Estonian government was forced to give in to the Soviet Union's harsh … Continue reading

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  • Stories of the first settlements

    A group of hunters and fishermen stop at the right coast of River Pärnu in Pulli about 9000 b.c. The left hearth places, flint, bone and horn objects and crushed wild animal bones, among which one dog bone can be found are up to now the oldest proof about the stay of people in … 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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  • Soviet occupation in Estonia 1944-1991

    Uninterrupted Soviet occupation lasted in Estonia for 47 years. The country had been incorporated to the empire under the name of Estonian Soviet Social Republic. Majority of the population felt the impact of mass repressions, forced collectivization and -industrialization. Around the middle the … Continue reading

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