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By Aili Aarelaid-Tart,Li Bennich-Björkman

This ebook brings jointly existence tales from 5 generations of Balts, residing during the various and habitual alterations of the twentieth century: occupations, warfare, independence, totalitarianism, and democratic rule and marketplace financial system. The twentieth century historical past of the Baltic nations has usually been deeply tragic. mendacity at the beach of the Baltic Sea, those relatively small yet strategically good positioned territories have traditionally chanced on themselves in the midst of many energy struggles among higher states, empires and different power-holders: the Teutonic Knights, Swedish kings, Tsarist Russia, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union. this present day, they're once more pressured to face as much as the Russian Federation.

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

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