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  • The Livonian War (1558-1583)

    The Livonian war was a conflict that was launched with the invasion of the army of Ivan the Terrible into Livonia in January 1558. The confrontation that had started off as the Russian-Livonian war soon expanded when the Old Livona collapsed and was divided between Denmark, Sweden and … Continue reading

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  • Short overview of the history of Estonia

    The prehistoric era; the Middle Ages; the Era of Wars; the Swedish era; I Russian era; II Russian era; Gaining nationhood; the Republic of Estonia; Estonia in the Second World War; the Soviet era and reestablishment of the Republic of … Continue reading

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  • Peasants of the Baltic Governorates are freed from serfdom

    The process of abolition of serfdom in the Governorates of Estonia, Livonia and Courland came about thanks to enlightenment-minded czar Alexander I, and due to economic problems the local landlords were facing. Serfdom was abolished in 1816-1819. It was a kind of experiment in the Russian Empire, … Continue reading

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  • The coadjutor conflict in Livonia (1556-1557)

    The last civil war in Livonia broke out in 1556, when the archbishop of Riga, Wilhelm (see image), tried to appoint the brother of Mecklenburg's duke as his coadjutor, even though about 10 years earlier it had been agreed that it was prohibited to appoint a coadjutor without the consent of other … Continue reading

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