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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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  • Foreign Estonians and emigration

    Overview of the emigration of the Estonians and new residences of the foreign Estonians from the middle of the 19th century up to the end of the 20th century. … Continue reading

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  • Forts of the Order in Estonia

    During the XIII-XIV centuries, different kinds of forts were built to Estonia. Largest and mightiest of those were constructed by the Livonian Order, most well known are the forts of Viljandi, Tallinn, Narva and Paide. But additional 12 forts were built. Most of the forts served as the residences … 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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