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Music and memories under the samovar: Fanny Gordon and the songs of Eastern Europe between the wars

When she first practiced it on a child’s piano, little would the Polish-Russian composer Fanny Gordon have known that Pod Samowarem (Under the Samovar), one of her earliest hits, would eventually echo from radio and gramophone speakers across Eastern Europe, … Continue reading Music and memories under the samovar: Fanny Gordon and the songs of Eastern Europe between the wars

Far-right Networking – an interview with Louis Wierenga on Estonia’s radical right, pt. 2

Read part one here In this second part of my interview with Louis Wierenga, our discussion leads to cleavages within Estonian society and the broader Intermarium project of far-right groups in Central and Eastern Europe. The country, like others in … Continue reading Far-right Networking – an interview with Louis Wierenga on Estonia’s radical right, pt. 2

Far-right Networking – an interview with Louis Wierenga on Estonia’s radical right, pt 1

In light of the upcoming elections in Estonia on March 3rd, the controversy surrounding the adoption of the UN Global Compact and EKRE pulling ahead as 3rd strongest political force, the question of the Estonian far-right’s popularity remains somehow unanswered. … Continue reading Far-right Networking – an interview with Louis Wierenga on Estonia’s radical right, pt 1

21st century identity crisis: Estonia conflicted over UN global compact on migration

Before I moved to Estonia, three different Estonian-Americans (including the outspoken former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves) warned me not to refer to Estonia as an Eastern European country. “Estonia,” I was told, “considers itself Western European, or at … Continue reading 21st century identity crisis: Estonia conflicted over UN global compact on migration