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What happens to legacies that do not find any continuation? In Estonia, a new generation that does not remember the socialist era and is open to global influences has grown up. As a result, the impact of the Soviet memory in people’s conventional values is losing its effective power, opening new opportunities for repair and revaluation of the past. Francisco Martinez brings together a number of sites of interest to explore the vanquishing of the Soviet legacy in Estonia: the railway bazaar in Tallinn where concepts such as ‘market’ and ‘employment’ take on distinctly different meanings from their Western use; Linnahall, a grandiose venue, whose Soviet heritage now poses diffi cult questions of how to present the building’s history; Tallinn’s cityscape, where the social, spatial and temporal co-evolution of the city can be viewed and debated; Narva, a city that marks the border between the Russian Federation, NATO and the European Union, and represents a place of continual negotiation of belonging; and the new Estonian National Museum in Raadi, an area on the outskirts of Tartu, that has been turned into a memory field. The anthropological study of all these places shows that national identity and historical representations can be constructed in relation to waste and disrepair too, also demonstrating how we can understand generational change in a material sense.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Reviews
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Epigraphs
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  1. Preface: Departure and Arrival
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. List of figures
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  1. Introduction: The politics of the old
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  1. 1. The past as a rotting place
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  1. 2. Reframing the Soviet inheritance through repair
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  1. 3. Anything works, one just needs the right adaptor
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  1. 4. Spending time with buildings
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  1. 5. Tallinn 2017 chronotope
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  1. 6. Narva, a centre out there
  2. pp. 155-181
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  1. 7. A memory-constructing space in Tartu
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  1. 8. Children of the New East
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  1. Conclusion: The past is not what it used to be
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  1. Epilogue: A global Subbotnik
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  1. Notes
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787353534
Related ISBN
9781787353541
MARC Record
OCLC
1045425881
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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