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Olaf Mertelsmann


Tartu University, E-mail:




The period of Stalinism is usually overshadowed by accounts of terror and a topic like leisure seems not to be appropriate. Nevertheless, leisure was an important aspect of everyday life in Estonia under Stalin’s reign. Some elements of continuity with the interwar period might be identified. The state struggled to control leisure activities and to re-educate the population but obviously failed. Listening to foreign radio stations or reading forbidden books might have been subversive but were not yet signs of resistance. Many leisure activities bore the character of escaping from a harsh reality and from poverty. The paper is based on archival documents, oral history and life stories.



Perioada stalinismului este de obicei umbrita de dovezi ale terorii si prin urmare un subiect precum petrecerea timpului liber nu pare a fi adecvat. Totusi, petrecerea timpului liber a reprezentat un aspect important al vietii cotidiene în Estonia în timpul regimului lui Stalin. Câteva elemente de continuitate cu perioada interbelica ar putea fi identificate. Statul a luptat sa controleze activitatile de timp liber si sa reeduce populatia, dar a esuat în mod evident. Ascultarea posturilor de radio straine sau citirea cartilor interzise putea fi subversiv, dar acestea nu erau înca semne de rezistenta. Numeroase activitati de petrecere a timpului liber au avut caracterul de evadare din realitatea dura si din saracie. Lucrarea de fata se bazeaza pe documente de arhiva, istorie orala si povesti de viata.


Keywords: Stalinism, leisure, Estonia, censorship, state policies, everyday life

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Seventh annual international conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania. Good governance in Romania and the Nordic and Baltic countries

Nicolae Iorga Institute of History of the Romanian Academy, Romania
November 24-25, 2016

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Vol. 7, issue 2 of The Romanian Journal of Baltic and Nordic Studies has been published online. Please, access it free of charge here


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Duration of the course: The Course runs for 4-6 academic hours per day, with Language practice for 44 hours and Lithuanian history, literature and ethnology for 6 hours.
Languages of instruction: English, Russian, French, Italian, Lithuanian.
Place: in the center of Vilnius – Gediminas ave. 26.
Certification: students will receive a Lithuanian language Summer Course Certificate.
Separate groups for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are planned.
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Time: 1-12 of August, in groups. All summer indivual courses takes place.
Starting: in group on August 1-12. Individual courses are held all summer.
Duration: 20 acad. hours (10 days, 2 acad. hours per day).
Explaining languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian.
Place: Gediminas ave. 26, Vilnius.
Certificate: at the end of the course every participant will get the LINGUA LITUANICA certificate.
Classes take place in small groups.
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7 octombrie 2015

A aparut Norsk-Rumensk ordbok. Dictionar norvegian-roman, vol. 1, autori Arno Halvorsen si Crina Leon. Acesta poate fi consultat la biblioteca online a Asociatiei Romane pentru Studii Baltice si Nordice.

Dictionar norvegian roman vol 1