The Bronze Soldier: Identity Threat and Maintenance in Estonia

  title={The Bronze Soldier: Identity Threat and Maintenance in Estonia},
  author={Martin Ehala},
  journal={Journal of Baltic Studies},
  pages={139 - 158}
  • Martin Ehala
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Baltic Studies
The relocation of the monument to those killed in WWII, located in the center of Tallinn, on 27 April 2007 triggered the first large-scale ethnic riots in Estonia since 1980, when a punk rock concert mobilized ethnic Estonian youth to riot against Russification. Unlike in 1980, the rioters in 2007 were predominantly Russian speakers. The monument, the ‘Bronze Soldier’, was erected in 1947 by the Soviet authorities, and was ritually used in Soviet identity politics. However, it escaped the… 
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