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First book of Estonia 100 series introduced

The first book was introduced on Feb. 19, 43 more will follow, to be published in 2018 and 2019.
The first book was introduced on Feb. 19, 43 more will follow, to be published in 2018 and 2019. Source: (Riigikantselei)

The series of 44 books on a wide range of different topics will eventually provide a broad overview of the first century of Estonian statehood. The first two books revisit the history of the Estonian state and were written by historian and former Prime Minister Mart Laar, and historian Toomas Hiio.

Laar and Hiio introduced the first book on Monday at the Apollo cinema in Tallinn's Solaris center.

“Writing this book it felt like we'd need at least one hundred books to write down the one-hundred years of history of the Republic of Estonia. Fortunately we were able to fit this story ranging from the birth of the Estonian national movement to the creation of an independent country into two books,” Laar said.

The first book traces the events that led to the Declaration of Independence on Feb. 24, 1918, continues on with the Estonian War of Independence that followed shortly after, the growing pains of a young state, and the years that followed during which the Republic of Estonia was built as a 20th-century state.

After Laar and Hiio's books are published, a review of 100 years of Estonian design and advertising by Karin Paulus will follow next. You can find a complete overview of the planned book series here (link in Estonian). At this point, neither the publisher nor the Steering Group of Estonia 100 have announced any translations.

The topics of the book series were chosen by the Steering Group of Estonia 100 and the editors of the book series, Mart Orav, Aleksei Lotman, and Peeter Saari.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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