The Context of Early Socialization: Estonia between the Two Wars

Part of the Political Evolution and Institutional Change book series (PEIC)


An exotic and bohemian setting to a western journalist, to others a country of almost “European” standing—this was the young Estonian republic in which the individuals of the political generation that constitutes the empirical case in this book grew up.1 This chapter is an attempt to portray the state and society in which their early socialization took place, with a particular focus on exploring the predominating cultural themes that could have influenced these individuals in an enduring manner. I seek to describe basic cultural features of interwar Estonia through the eyes of my interviewees in order to have some knowledge about the country that was left behind: Estonia between the two wars.


Political Culture Institutional Pressure Interwar Period Cultural Theme Social Distinction 
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