The 11th Conference on Modern Estonian History

posted by Elena Messner on 2009/01/24 14:34

[ Call for Papers ]

The 11th Conference on Modern Estonian History

"Facing modernity: The response of Estonian society to political, social, economic and cultural challenges (16th – 20th centuries"

June 17-18, 2009, Tallinn, Rüütli 6, Institute of History of Tallinn Universit.

The crucial political and social changes during the last decades in Eastern Europe have led to the establishment of a specific research field: transition or transformation studies. New conceptual approaches to the examination of political, economic, social, legal and cultural changes in Post-Soviet countries extended the scope of research immensely.

Since the Middle Ages, the Baltic countries, including Estonia, formed a geo-political entity that has been subject to multi-directional influences emanating from both inside and outside the area. Changes of political power have been accompanied by wide-ranging social changes as different social and ethnic groups have used various strategies for the responding to the challenges of the transition periods.

The organizers of the conference are seeking papers that deal with various aspects of Estonian history in different transition periods from the sixteenth to the twentieth century: Reformation and Counter Reformation; Early Modern transformations; the National Awakening; industrialization; revolutions and independent statehood; Sovietization; etc.). We expect that the papers will focus on the changes within Estonia, and on the reaction of Estonian society to the challenges of the transition periods.We are pleased to announce that the journal “Acta Historica Tallinnensia” is available for publishing relevant articles ( We look forward to your reply and hope that you can join us at the 11th Conference on Modern Estonian History.

Organising committee

Prof. Dr. Karsten Brüggemann
Tallinn University, Institute of History
Rüütli 6, 10130 Tallinn


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