Before the written word, the people of Estonia handed down their stories and traditions orally. History of Estonia Podcast attempts to catalog the History of Estonia starting with the land that was settled and moving along a defined timeline. Once we reach modernity, we will go back in time once again and dig into more detail and dwell on the places, events and stories that deserve to be told more thoroughly.
Episode 49 : Basic Features of Cultural Life in the Estonian SSR
22:46In this episode, we learn what modernity did for Estonia, which was to allow it to get a small glimpse of the outside world with Finnish television broadcasts being picked up in Northern Estonia and also Radio broadcasts that came in from the west. We also learned about the Letter of 40 that spelled out clearly the years of Russification that Estonia had to endure.
Episode 48 : The Estonian SSR in the New Era of Russification
26:00In this episode, we learn more about student protest groups, who were really the lifeblood for retaining Estonian dignity and culture. We mostly cover the third wave of Russification which put Estonians as a minority in the cities.
Episode 47 : The Estonian SSR as an Exemplary Union Republic
29:53In this episode, we take a look at the political leadership of the Estonian SSR during the 1950s-1970s. We learn about the Komsomol student groups and how they made their impact felt in Estonia. We also learned a little about how the suppression of the Prague Spring put a stop to liberalization in Estonia.
Episode 45 : Post War Soviet Estonia
22:05The war is over and the Soviet Union took power in Estonia. Many politicians are shuffled around as Moscow is intent on keeping Estonia Politically Correct. In Marxism, bourgeois nationalism is the practice by the ruling classes of deliberately dividing people by nationality, race, ethnicity, or religion, so as to distract them from engaging in class struggle. It is seen as a divide-and-conquer strategy used by the ruling classes to prevent the working from uniting against them; hence the Marxist slogan, Workers of all countries, unite!