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By Aili Aarelaid-Tart,Li Bennich-Björkman

This ebook brings jointly lifestyles tales from 5 generations of Balts, residing in the course of the various and habitual variations of the twentieth century: occupations, struggle, independence, totalitarianism, and democratic rule and industry economic system. The twentieth century background of the Baltic international locations has frequently been deeply tragic. mendacity at the sea coast of the Baltic Sea, those quite small yet strategically good situated territories have traditionally came across themselves in the midst of many strength struggles among higher states, empires and different power-holders: the Teutonic Knights, Swedish kings, Tsarist Russia, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union. at the present time, they're once more pressured to face as much as the Russian Federation.

Biographical interviewing is a box concerned with members, and on how these members decide to re-create and current their lived lives, make which means of it in the course of the narratives they inform. To interpret the biographical narrations of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians, formed via complicated and arguable old historical past, the authors use Pierre Bourdieu’s thought of social and cultural capitals, the foundations of Erving Goffman’s framing research and Alessandro Portelli’s contrast of non-public and public spheres, Anton Steen’s investigations of post-Socialist elites and Piotr Sztompka’s idea of cultural trauma, and so forth. Given analyses of specific biographical narrations are supplemented by means of short historic and sociological overviews, which permit the reader to higher comprehend the contexts of lived lives, and the psychological surroundings within which the interviews have been performed.

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