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  • Denmark's rule in Estonia

    Denmark never ruled all of Estonia, but during the XIII-XVII centuries, it had hold over areas in Northern and Western Estonia and also over the islands in Western Estonia. It can be said that there has been three Danish eras in Estonia, the first one lasting for a very short period of time: from … Continue reading

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  • The story of the Livonian Order

    The successor of the Brotherhood of the Sword, the Livonian Order, was the most powerful military organization in the Medieval Livonia for 300 years. Initially, it devoted to conquering Courland and Semgalia, but in the XIII century, a power struggle with the archbishop of Riga became the main … Continue reading

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  • The Great Northern War (1700-1721)

    The Great Northern War was one of the most difficult episodes in the history of Estonia, bringing along severe devastation, famine and plague. Estonians managed to survive the ordeal, and the difficult times were followed by 200-year long period of peace, under the rule of … Continue reading

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  • The Livonia-Moscow War (1501-1503)

    This was the last armed conflict where the Livonian Order and the rest of Old-Livonia somewhat succeeded. The most important event to the Livonians in this two-year war was the victory in Smolino battle, but in reality this conflict did not change the developed power balance: the Grand Duchy of … Continue reading

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