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Conserving Estonia in the New Europe

Merlin Waterson looks at how the newly-independent Estonia is recovering its heritage.

Dance Celebration in Tallinn, Estonia  Estonian Song and Dance Celebration festive parade with more than 100 000 people. Photo: Egon Tintse.Few countries have experienced more determined and brutal efforts to change their cultural identity than Estonia. The mass deportation of intellectuals, the deliberate destruction of historic monuments, the changing of street names, and the wholesale burning of books were all part of a systematic policy to erase the memory of Estonia as an independent republic.

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