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Transnational History and the History of a Nation: The Case of Estonia; pp. 3–38

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Karsten Brüggemann

Abstract

This article introduces the special issue of Acta Historica Tallinnensia on the potential and challenges of the ‘transnational turn’ for writing Estonian history. It outlines the general ideas behind the concept of transnational history, the historiographical debates surrounding it, and the place of Eastern Europe (in particular Estonia) within the field. Moreover, it introduces the contributions of this issue and discusses questions for further research.


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52. Ittersum, M. v., Jacobs, J. Are We All Global Historians Now? An Interview with David Armitage. – Itinerario, 2012, 3, 2, 7–28, quotation: 16; Ghobrial, J.-P. A. Introduction: Seeing the World like a Microhistorian, 3.
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53. Iriye, A. Global and Transnational History, 15. See also Tyrrell, I. Reflections on the Transnational Turn in United States History: Theory and Practice. – Journal of Global History, 2009, 4, 3, 453–474.
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54. Geyer, M. Transnational History.

55. Clavin, P. Defining Transnationalism. – Contemporary European History, 2005, 14, 4, 421–439, quotation: 431.
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56. Rüger, J. OXO: Or, the Challenges of Transnational History. – European History Quarterly, 210, 40, 4, 656–668, quotation: 663.
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57. Middell, M., Naumann, K. Global History and the Spatial Turn. From the Impact of Area Studies to the Study of Critical Junctures of Globalization. – Journal of Global History, 2010, 5, 1, 149–170, quotation: 159–160.
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58. Patel, K. K. An Emperor without Clothes?

59. Verdery, K. Beyond the Nation in Eastern Europe. – Social Text, 1994, 38, 1, 1–19, here 5; 
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60. On the term, see Zahra, T. Imagined Noncommunities: National Indifference as a Category of Analysis. – Slavic Review, 2010, 69, 1, 93–119. On the stimulating debate on the Germans of the Baltic provinces of the Russian Empire and the Baltic states until World War II, see Baltic German Perceptions of Belonging in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century (Special Issue). Ed. by K. Wezel, S. Donecker. – Journal of Baltic Studies, 2017, 48, 1, 1–98; 
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61. Deacon, D., Russel, P., Woollacott, A. Introduction. – Transnational Lives. Biographies of Global Modernity, 1700 – present. Ed. by D. Deacon, P. Russel, A. Woollacott. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, 2010, 1–11, quotation: 2; 
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62. Midgley, C., Twells, A., Carlier, J. Introduction. – Women in Transnational History: Connecting the Local and the Global. Ed. by C. Midgley, A. Twells, J. Carlier. Routledge, London, 2016, 1–10, quotation: 4–5. See also Politische Netzwerkerinnen. Internationale Zusammenarbeit von Frauen, 1830–1960. Hrsg. von E. Schöck-Quinteros. (Schriftenreihe des Hedwig-Hintze-Instituts Bremen, 10.) Trafo-Verlag, Berlin, 2007; and, Women and Transnational Activism in Historical Perspective. Ed. by K. Jensen, E. Kuhlmann. Republic of Letters Publishing, Dordrecht, 2010; Women’s Activism and ‘Second Wave’ Feminism: Transnational Histories. Ed. by B. Molony, J. Nelson. Bloomsbury, London 2017.

63. Eliten im Vielvölkerreich. Imperiale Biographien in Russland und Österreich-Ungarn (1850–1918). Hrsg. von T. Buchen, M. Rolf. (Elitenwandel in der Moderne, 17). De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin et al., 2015; Imperial Subjects. Autobiographische Praxis in den Vielvölkerreichen der Romanovs, Habsburger und Osmanen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert. Hrsg. von M. Aust, F. B. Schenk. (Imperial Subjects. Autobiographik und Biographik im imperialen Kontext, 1). Böhlau, Cologne, 2015; and, Nach dem Zerfall der Imperien: Historische Zäsur und biografische Erfahrung im östlichen Europa. After the Fall of Empires: Historical Turning Points and Biographical Experience in Eastern Europe. Hrsg. von K. Steffen. (Nordost-Archiv. Zeitschrift für Regionalgeschichte 23 [2014]). Lüneburg 2015.

64. Burbank, J., Cooper, F. Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2010, 3; The Oxford World History of Empire. 2 vols. Ed. by P. Fibiger Bang, C. A. Bayly, W. Scheidel. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2020; and, Osterhammel, J. Imperien. – Transnationale Geschichte, 56–67. On imperial Russia, see Weeks, T. R. Managing Empire: Tsarist Nationalities Policy. – Cambridge History of Russia. Vol. 2: Imperial Russia, 1689–1917. Ed. by D. Lieven. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2006, 27–44; and, Миллер, А. И. Империя Романовых и национализм. Эссе по методологии исторического исследования. Новое Литературное Обозрение, Mocквa, 2006; Imperium inter pares: Роль трансферов в истории Российской империи (1700–1917). Отв. ред. М. Ауст, Р. Вульпиус, А. И. Миллер. Новое Литературное Обозрение, Mocквa, 2010.

65. See, for example, the definition by Pries, L. Die Transnationalisierung der sozialen Welt. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt 2007, 16: transnational relations may encompass state actors, but they necessarily include non-state actors.

66. The History of the European Union: Origins of a Trans- and Supranational Polity 1950–72. Ed. by W. Kaiser, M. Rasmussen, B. Leucht. Routledge, Abingdon, 2009; and Meyer, J.-H. Transnationale Geschichte. 

67. Greiner, C., Sakdapolrak, P. Translocality: Concepts, Applications and Emerging Research Perspectives. – Geography Compass, 2013, 7, 5, 373–384. “Transregional” is named as another alternative to make it less normative. Conrad, S. What Is Global History?, 47–48.
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68. Bayly, C. et al., On Transnational History, 1446; and, Struck, B., Ferris, K., Level, J. Introduction, 576. At least in the German context, the category of space was powerfully revived, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, by Schlögel, K. Im Raume lesen wir die Zeit. Über Zivilisationsgeschichte und Geopolitik. Hanser, Munich, 2003.

69. Struck, B., Ferris, K., Level, J. Introduction, 574, 576; and, Whelehan, N. Playing with Scales, 9. 

70. Rüger, J. OXO, 660. See De Vries, J. Playing with Scales: The Global and the Micro, the Macro and the Nano. – Past & Present, 2019, 242, Issue Supplement 14: Global History and Microhistory, 23–36; and, the pledge for a “micro-spatial” approach to combine the virtues of the global and the micro levels in De Vito, C. G. History Without Scale: The Micro-Spatial Perspective. – ibid., 348–372.
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71. Saunier, P.-Y. Transnational History, 68–69.

72. “But in principle, any subject will do for a global biography.” Conrad, S. What Is Global History, 7.

73. Struck, B., Ferris, K., Level, J. Introduction, 577; for the examples of sugar and cotton see Mintz, S. W. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. Viking, New York, 1985; Riello, G. Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013; and, Beckert, S. Empire of Cotton. A Global History, Knopf, New York, 2014.

74. Hirschi, C. The Origins of Nationalism: An Alternative History from Ancient Rome to Early Modern Germany. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012.
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75. Yun-Casalilla, B. ‘Localism’, Global History and Transnational History: A Reflection from the Historian of Early Modern Europe. – Historisk Tidskrift (S), 2007, 127, 4, 659–678; Yun-Casalilla, B. Transnational History: What Lies behind the Label? Some Reflections from the Early Modernist’s Point of View. – Culture & History Digital Journal, 2014, 3, 2, see the URL: 
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76. Borgolte, M. Migrationen als transkulturelle Verflechtungen im mittelalterlichen Europa. Ein neuer Pflug für alte Forschungsfelder. – Historische Zeitschrift, 2009, 289, 2, 261–285; Kaiser, W. Transnationale Weltgeschichte im Zeichen der Globalisierung. – Geschichte der internationalen Beziehungen. Erneuerung und Erweiterung einer historischen Disziplin. Hrsg. von E. Conze, U. Lappenküper, G. Müller. Böhlau, Cologne, 2004, 65–92; here 66; cf. Meyer, J.-H., Transnationale Geschichte; Iriye, A. The Making of a Transnational World. – Global Interdependence, 682; and, Gassert, P. Transnationale Geschichte, Version: 2.0. – Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte, 29.10.2012 
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77. Duindam, J. Early Modern Europe, 615.

78. Forum: Globalizing Early Modern German History. – German History, 2013, 31, 3, 366–382, quotation 367.
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79. Holmes, C., Standen, N. Introduction: Towards a Global Middle Ages. – Past & Present, 2018, 238, Issue supplement 13: The Global Middle Ages, 1–44, quotation 1. 
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80. Ittersum, M. v., Jacobs, J. Are We All Global Historians Now?, 16.

81. Patel, K. K. Transnationale Geschichte. – Europäische Geschichte Online (EGO). Hrsg. vom Institut für Europäische Geschichte (IEG), Mainz (12.03.2010). URL: 
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82. Levitt, P., Jaworsky, B. N. Transnational Migration Studies: Past Developments and Future Trends. – Annual Review of Sociology, 2007, 33, 129–56, here 131; Glick Schiller, N., Basch, L. Theorizing Transnational Migration. – Anthropological Quarterly, 1995, 68, 1, 48–63; Fouron, G., Glick Schiller, N. All in the Family: Gender, Transnational Migration, and the Nation‐State. – Identities. Global Studies in Culture and Power, 2001, 7, 4, 539–582; and, Lionnet, F., Shumei, S. Introduction. – Minor Transnationalism. Ed. by F. Lionnet, S. Shumei. Duke University Press, Durham, 2005, 1–26; A Century of Transnationalism: Immigrants and Their Homeland Connections. Ed. by N. L. Green, R. Waldinger. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 2016. See a recent University of Tartu dissertation in Media and Communication Studies: Leppik, M. The Segmented Integration and Mediated Transnationalism of Estonian Russian-Speaking Populations. (Dissertationes de mediis et communicationibus Universitatis Tartuensis, 40.) University of Tartu Press, Tartu, 2020.

83. Meyer, J.-H., Transnationale Geschichte; Bayly, C. A. et al. On Transnational History, 1460, 1462; Borgolte, M. Migrationen als transkulturelle Verflechtungen; Jürgenson, A. Assimilatsionistidest transnatsionalistideni – rände ja integratsiooni uurimine 20. ja 21. sajandil. – Tuna, 2016, 2, 91–105; Harders, L. Migration und Biographie. Mobile Leben beschreiben. – Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften, 2018, 29, 3, 17–36; and, Ghobrial, J.-P. A. Moving Stories and What They Tell Us: Early Modern Mobility Between Microhistory and Global History. – Past & Present, 2019, 242, Issue Supplement 14: Global History and Microhistory, 243–228.

84. Kastoryano, R. Transnational Nationalism: Redefining Nation and Territory. – Identities, Affiliations and Allegiances. Ed. by S. Benhabib, I. Shapiro, D. Petranović. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007, 159–178.
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85. Patel, K. K. Transnationale Geschichte; Ther, P., Comparisons; and, Clavin, P. Time, Manner, Place: Writing Modern European History in Global, Transnational and International Contexts. – European History Quarterly, 2010, 40, 4, 624–640.
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86. Ittersum, M. v., Jacobs, J. Are We All Global Historians Now?, 17.

87. Patel, K. K. An Emperor without Clothes?

88. Verdery, K. Beyond the Nation in Eastern Europe, 4. Cf. on Eastern Europe specifically the approaches in Comparativ, 2008, 18, 2: Ostmitteleuropa transnational. Hrsg. von P. Haslinger; and Hadler, F., Middell, M. Transnationalisierung in Ostmitteleuropa bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg. – Handbuch einer transnationalen Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas. Bd. 1: Von der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg. Hrsg. von F. Hadler, M. Middell. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2017. Interestingly enough, the terminological difference explained by Verdery is not even mentioned here. See also New Perspectives in Transnational History of Communism in East Central Europe. (Dia-Logos, 26.) Ed. by K. Brzechczyn. Lang, Berlin, 2019.

89. Some examples of the use of the term in historical research (in the widest sense) include Plath, U. Kadunud kuldne kese. Kuus pilti Eesti ajaloost rahvusüleses kollaažis. – Vikerkaar, 2009, 7–8, 91–98; Brüggemann, K. Mis teeb Eesti ajaloo ülejäänud maailmale huvitavaks? – Sirp, 17 October 2010; Karjahärm, T. Eesti ajalugu: kas huvitav ainult näidisjuhtumina? – Sirp, 15 October 2010; Laanes, E. Wie es gewesen sein mag. – Keel ja Kirjandus, 2012, 9, 123–128; Jürgenson, A. Assimilatsionistidest transnatsionalistideni; Kaljundi, L. Mis on rahvusülene ajalugu? Intervjuu Karsten Brüggemanni ja Ulrike Plathiga, Saksa päritolu ajaloolastega, kes töötavad juba pikemat aega Eestis. – Sirp, 19.8.2016; Kaljundi, L., Plath, U. Eesti ajalookirjutus põimitud perspektiivist. – Tuna, 2017, 1, 2–6; Laanes, E. Trauma keelde tõlgitud: kultuurideülesed mäluvormid eesti küüditamis- ja laagrimälestustes. – Keel ja Kirjandus, 2017, 4, 241–257; Kaljundi, L., Kreem, T.-M. Ajalugu pildis – pilt ajaloos. Rahvuslik ja rahvusülene minevik eesti kunstis = History in Images – Image in History. National and Transnational Past in Estonian Art. Eesti Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn, 2018; and, Special Issue: Entangled Cultures in the Baltic Region. Ed. by E. Laanes. – Journal of Baltic Studies, 2020, 51, 3. See also the early debate between the literary scholar Jaan Undusk and the author of this article where Undusk’s term “maiskondlik ajalugu”, a kind of supra-national perspective for writing Estonian history, was criticised first and foremost in terms of unintended consequences: Undusk, J. Ajalootõde ja metahistoorilised žestid. Eesti ajaloo mitmest moraalist. – Tuna, 2000, 2, 114–130; Brüggemann, K. Rahvusliku vaenlasekuju demontaažist ehk Carl Schirren kui Eesti iseseisvuse rajaja? Märkusi Jaan Unduski “metahistooriliste žestide” kohta. – Tuna, 2002, 3, 93–98; and, Undusk, J. Eesti ajaloo kotkaperspektiivist. Minu vaidlus Brüggemanniga. – Tuna, 2002, 3, 99–116.

90. For an inspiring proposal on Ukraine, see Kappeler, A. From an Ethnonational to a Multiethnic to a Transnational Ukrainian History, 67.

91. Pietrow-Ennker, B. Einleitung: Konzept, Themen und Forschungsstrategien. – Russlands imperiale Macht. Integrationsstrategien und ihre Reichweite in transnationaler Perspektive. Hrsg. von B. Pietrow-Ennker. Böhlau, Cologne et al., 2012, 9–34, quotation: 9–10; Rosenberg, E. S. Transnational Currents in a Shrinking World. – A World Connecting, 813–996, quotation: 819–820; and, Pratt, M. L. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. 2nd ed. Routledge, New York, 2008.
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92. Livland – eine Region am Ende der Welt? Forschungen zum Verhältnis zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie im späten Mittelalter = Livonia – a Region at the End of the World? Studies on the Relations between Centre and Periphery in the Later Middle Ages. Hrsg. von A. Selart, M. Thumser. (Quellen und Studien zur baltischen Geschichte, 27.) Böhlau, Cologne, 2017; Making Livonia: Actors and Networks in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region. Ed. by A. Mänd, M. Tamm. Routledge, London, 2020.

93. To various degrees, the dangers and potentials of studying the local in the multicultural cities of the Baltic provinces of the Russian Empire are shown in Woodworth, B. D. Civil Society and Nationality in the Multiethnic Russian Empire: Tallinn/Reval 1860–1914. PhD diss., Indiana University, 2003; Hirschhausen, U. v. Die Grenzen der Gemeinsamkeit: Deutsche, Letten, Russen und Juden in Riga 1860–1914. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2006. See also my attempt at a transnational approach, Брюггеманн, К. Города имперских и национальных утопий: транснациональный взгляд на Ригу и Таллин, 1914–1924. – Города империи в годы Великой войны и революции. Отв. ред. А. Миллер, Д. Черный. Нестор, Санкт-Петербург. 2017, 100–139.

94. See, among others, Gassert, P. Transnationale Geschichte, 3. For transnational research within the boundaries of the Hapsburg Empire, see Handbuch einer transnationalen Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas. 

95. Siegelbaum, L. H., Moch, L. P. Transnationalism in One Country? Seeing and Not Seeing Cross-Border Migration within the Soviet Union. – Slavic Review, 2016, 75, 4, 970–986; and, Siegelbaum, L. H., Moch, L. P. Broad is my Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia’s Twentieth Century. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2014.
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96. That the USSR was a “state of nations” has been widely accepted since the publication of the volume A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-Making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin. Ed. by R. G. Suny, T. Martin. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2001. 

97. Siegelbaum, L. H., Moch, L. P. Transnationalism in One Country?, 973. Indeed, in 2011 Michael David-Fox quite enthusiastically characterised the potential of transnational history for research on the USSR: “The first is the centrality of not just goods and people crossing actual borders but the way ‘really-existing’ exchanges were caught up with ideas and ideologies about the outside world, which deeply affected successive openings and closings; the second is the way those contacts, especially across the semipermeable membrane erected with the outside world in the Soviet period, illuminate the nexus between the Soviet system’s external and internal dimensions.” Interestingly, he did not mention crossing the internal borders of the Soviet national republics once. David-Fox, M. The Implications of Transnationalism, 904; see also David-Fox, M. The Iron Curtain as Semi-Permeable Membrane: The Origins and Demise of the Stalinist Superiority Complex. – Cold War Crossings: International Travel and Exchange across the Soviet Bloc, 1940s–1960s. Ed. by P. Babiracki, K. Zimmer. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2014, 14–39.

98. Florin, M., Zeller, M. Soviet Transnationalism: Urban Milieus, Deterritorialization, and People’s Friendship in the Late Soviet Union. – Ab Imperio, 2018, 4, 131–146, quotation 134–135.
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99. Brüggemann, K., Woodworth, B. Entangled Pasts – Russia and the Baltic Region. – Russland an der Ostsee. Imperiale Strategien der Macht und kulturelle Wahrnehmungsmuster (16. bis 20. Jahrhundert) = Russia on the Baltic: Imperial Strategies of Power and Cultural Patterns of Perception (16th–20th Centuries). Ed. by K. Brüggemann, B. Woodworth. (Quellen und Studien zur baltischen Geschichte, 22.) Böhlau, Cologne et al., 2012, 3–26.
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100. As an example, see Huang, A. Die Textilien des Hanseraums. Produktion und Distribution einer spätmittelalterlichen Fernhandelsware. (Quellen und Studien zur hansischen Geschichte, 71.) Böhlau, Cologne, 2015.

101. On this differentiation, see Dolbilov, M. Russification and the Bureaucratic Mind in the Russian Empire’s Northwestern Region in the 1860s. – Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 2004, 5, 2, 245–271; and, as it was applied to the Baltic provinces, Brüggemann, K. Licht und Luft des Imperiums. Legitimations- und Repräsentationsstrategien russischer Herrschaft in den Ostseeprovinzen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert. (Veröffentlichungen des Nordost-Instituts, 21.) Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 2018.

102. On the “Estonification” of officials in the Baltic provinces, see Woodworth, B. D. Patterns of Civil Society in a Modernizing Multiethnic City: A German Town in the Russian Empire Becomes Estonian. – Ab Imperio, 2006, 7, 2, 135–162; Woodworth, B. D. Paljurahvuselisus ja eestlastest riigiametnikud Eestimaa kubermangus aastatel 1870–1914. – Vene aeg Eestis. Uurimusi 16. sajandi keskpaigast kuni 20. sajandi alguseni. Koost T. Tannberg. (Eesti Ajalooarhiivi toimetised 14 [21].) Eesti Ajalooarhiiv, Tartu, 2006, 345–360; Миллер, А. И. Империя Романовых, 63–64; Karjahärm, T. Aleksei Miller ja “uus impeeriumi ajalugu”. – Tuna, 2011, 3, 136–141; Karjahärm, T. Vene impeerium ja rahvuslus. Moderniseerimise strateegiad. Argo, Tallinn, 2012, 153–162; and, Brüggemann, K. Der imperial turn in Estland: Anmerkungen zu Toomas Karjahärms “Das Russische Imperium und der Nationalismus”. – Forschungen zur baltischen Geschichte, 2013, 8, 228–235. 

103. See Brüggemann, K. Yearning for Social Change: The Russian Revolution in the Baltic Provinces. – Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 2017, 17, 3, 358–368; 
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and, Brüggemann, K. Learning from Estonia Means Learning to Be Victorious? Estonia between the Legacy of the February Revolution and Nikolai Iudenich’s Northwestern Army. – The Global Impacts of Russia’s Great War and Revolution, Book 1: The Arc of Revolution, 1917–24. Ed. by A. Marshall, J. W. Steinberg, S. Sabol. Slavica, Bloomington, 2019, 99–129.

104. Newby, A. N., Myllyntaus, T. ‘The Terrible Visitation’: Famine in Finland and Ireland, 1945 to 1868. Towards an Agenda for Comparative Irish-Finnish Famine Studies. – Famines in European Economic History. The Last Great European Famines Reconsidered. Ed. by D. Curran. (Routledge Explorations in Economic History, 71.) Routledge, London et al., 2015, 145–165; and, Lust, K. The Question of Moral Economy and Famine Relief in the Russian Baltic Provinces of Estland and Livland, 1841–69. – Collegium: Studies across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2017, 22, 46–66.

105. Wezel, K. Transcending Boundaries: Riga’s Baltic German Entrepreneurs in an Era of Nationalism, Revolution, and War. – Journal of Baltic Studies, 2017, 48, 1: Baltic German Perceptions of Belonging in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, 39–54; Feest, D. Spaces of ‘National Indifference’ in Biographical Research on Citizens of the Baltic Republics 1918–1940. – Journal of Baltic Studies, 2017, 48, 1: Baltic German Perceptions of Belonging in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, 55–66; and, Feest, D. Klaus Scheel, Estlands ungekrönter König. Eine biografische Skizze. – Individuum und Gesellschaft in Ost- und Nordosteuropa. Hrsg. von J. Tauber. Nordost-Institut, Lüneburg, 2017. URL: 
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106. Talvoja, K. (Re)nationalizing Estonian Art During the Thaw: Lively Legacy of Kristjan Raud. – A Socialist Realist History? Writing Art History in the Post-War Decades. Ed. by K. Kodres, K. Jõekalda. (Das östliche Europa. Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, 9.) Böhlau, Cologne, 2018, 170–199.
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107. Studies on transnational literary relations in the case of the Lithuanian SSR have been already published. See Ivanauskas, V. Įrėminta tapatybė. Lietuvos rašytojai tautų draugystės imperijoje. Lietuvos istorijos instituto leidykla, Vilnius, 2015. In general, see Dobrenko, E. Soviet Multinational Literature: Approaches, Problems, and Perspectives of Study. – The Literary Field under Communist Rule. Ed. by A. Jurgutienė, D. Satkauskytė. Academic Studies Press, Boston, 2018, 3–17. On joint curricula between the Tallinn and Kaunas Polytechnical Institutes, see Graf, M. Rahvuskommunistid. Enn-Arno Sillari ja teised. Argo, Tallinn, 2020, 14–15.

108. With a focus on the Estonian audience: Reimann, H. Jaak Joala – ‘Kremlin Nightingale’ or Estonian Ccelebrity? – Celebrity Studies, 2020, 11 1, 149–152. 
https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2020.1704455

109. Abeßer, M. Progressiv weil national? Estland und die Neuerfindung des sowjetischen Jazz zwischen 1953 und 1970. – Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 2019, 67, 3, 424–446. See Reimann, H. Eesti nõukogudeaegse kultuuri tähendusväljadest hilisstalinismiaegse džässiajaloo näitel. – Acta Historica Tallinnensia, 2016, 22, 89–111.
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110. Iriye, A. The Making of a Transnational World, 682.

111. Selart, A., Mänd, A. Livonia – a Region without Local Saints? – Symbolic Identity and the Cultural Memory of Saints. Ed. by N. H. Petersen, A. Mänd, S. Salvadó, T. R. Sands. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2018, 91–122.

112. Põldvee, A. Die langsame Reformation: Luthertum, Schrifttum und die estnischen Bauern im 16.–17. Jahrhundert. – Wandel und Anpassung in der Geschichte Estlands. 16.–20. Jahrhundert. Ed. by K. Brüggemann. (Nordost-Archiv: Zeitschrift für Regionalgeschichte, XXII/2013.) Nordost-Institut, Lüneburg, 2014, 56–88; Põldvee, A. 17th Century Estonian Orthography Reform, the Teaching of Reading and the History of Ideas. – Trames: Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011, 15, 4, 365–384.
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113. See, among other works, his monographs: Jürgenson, A. Siberiga seotud. Eestlased teisel pool Uuraleid. Argo, Tallinn, 2006; and, Jürgenson, A. Ladina rahva seas. Argentina ja sealsed eestlased. Argo, Tallinn, 2011.

114. For the Estonian case, see Made, V. Külalisena maailmapoliitikas. Eesti ja Rahvasteliit 1919–1946. Tartu Ülikooli Kirjastus, Tartu, 1999. 

115. Clavin, P., Wessel, J. W. Transnationalism and the League of Nations: Understanding the Work of Its Economic and Financial Organisation. –Contemporary European History, 2005, 14, 4, 465–492, quotation 466–467.
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116. Studer, B. Die Komintern. Herrschaftspraktiken, Machtmechanismen, kollektive und individuelle Handlungsspielräume. – Russlands imperiale Macht, 229–257, quotation: 229–230; Studer, B. The Transnational World of the Cominternians. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, 2015; Studer, B. Reisende der Weltrevolution. Eine Globalgeschichte der Kommunistischen Internationale. Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2020.
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117. The latest research (without specific connection to the Baltic states) includes The Internationalisation of the Labour Question: Ideological Antagonism, Workers’ Movements and the ILO since 1919. Ed. by S. Bellucci, H. Weiss. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2020; Women’s ILO: Transnational Networks, Global Labour Standards and Gender Equity, 1919 to Present. Ed. by E. Boris, D. Hoehtker, S. Zimmermann. (Studies in Global Social History, 32.) Brill, Leiden/Boston, 2018; and, Globalizing Social Rights: The International Labour Organization and Beyond. Ed. by S. Kott, J. Droux. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, 2013.

118. See the introduction of the special issue Patel, K. K., Reichardt, S. Introduction: The Dark Side of Transnationalism: Social Engineering and Nazism, 1930s-40s. – Journal of Contemporary History, 2016, 51, 1, 3–21.
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119. Quoted in Tarand, A. The Soviet Period. – Estonia: Identity and Independence. Ed. by. J.-J. Subrenat (On the Boundary of Two Worlds, 2.) Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2004, 137–152, here 142; Vesilind, P. Eestlane igas sadamas. Varrak, Tallinn, 2004, 12. On the conflicting and conflating identities of Estonians between the role model of the patriotic ‘peasant’ and the cosmopolitan ‘sailor’ see Brüggemann, K. The Eastern Sea is a Western Sea: Some Reflections on Estonia as a Baltic Sea Country. – The Baltic as a Multicultural World: Sea, Region and Peoples. (The Baltic Sea Region: Nordic Dimensions – European Perspectives, 4.) Ed. by M. Lehti. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, Berlin, 2005, 59–79.

120. Pullat, R., Pullat, R. Viinameri. Salapiiritusevedu Läänemerel kahe sõja vahel. Estopol, Tallinn, 2010.

121. Mitter, A. Rum Runners of the Baltic – The Rise of Transnational Liquor Smuggling Networks in Interwar Europe. – Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 2019, 68, 4, 527–550, quotation 544.

122. Kaljundi, L. Challenging Expansions. Estonian Viking Novels and the Politics of Memory in the 1930s. –Novels, Histories, and Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia. (Studia Fennica, 19.) Ed. by L. Kaljundi, E. Laanes, I. Pikkanen. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Helsinki, 182−207.


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