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Sandwiches with spicy Baltic herring

Sandwiches with spicy Baltic herring

In examining the themes and message of Estonian culture, some parallels can be drawn. In many fields „official” culture begins at the end of the 19th century, when Estonians became a nation in the modern sense. Initially, examples and ideas were taken from the romantic period of the German-speaking cultural area. The rich folkloric material was still alive in many regions at the beginning of the 20th century. The collecting of folklore and ethnographic items became one of the cornerstones and endless sources of inspiration of Estonian culture. Establishing itself as a nation in the 20th century, a period of great upheaval and collapse, culture still deals with the history and identity of the person and the nation (Films „Names on a Marble Plaque”, „Somnambuul”, books of Jaan Kross, Tõnu Õnnepalu), with the „us” and „them”, also investigates location and identity in a changing world.

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