National Heroic Narratives in the Baltics as a Source for Nonviolent Political Action

@article{midchens2007NationalHN,
  title={National Heroic Narratives in the Baltics as a Source for Nonviolent Political Action},
  author={Guntis {\vS}midchens},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={66},
  pages={484 - 508}
}
The national heroes of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania that emerged in literary culture during the nineteenth century were warrior heroes. In the twentieth century, a series of interpretations and adaptations by leading authors disarmed and desacralized Kalevipoeg, Bearslayer (Lāčplēsis), and King Mindaugas, tempering or rejecting their violent actions and recasting these central allegories of national myth into a nonviolent mold. These heroes are part of the cultural context in which the… 

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