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Travel Guide. Traces of the Cold War

The Countries around the Baltic Sea

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This travel guide describes selected important historical relics,sites and museums in the Baltic Sea region telling the history ofthe Cold War period. There is public access to nearly all the sitesincluded in the book. It covers places such as missile bases, large artillery batteries,secret police prisons, closed military towns, partisan bunkers,execution and burial sites, nuclear bunker complexes, secretprinting houses, former Soviet sculptures and architecture alongwith many of the sites where important events took place, such asdemonstrations, freedom struggles etc. The museums described recount the histories of the Berlin Wall,the military build-up in both East and West, the military crises,the terror of Stalin and the Communist secret police, the armedand unarmed resistance in former Soviet countries and its satellitestates, the deportations of slave labourers to remote parts ofthe Soviet Union, the deportations to the GULAG camps and thestruggles for freedom from Communist regimes in Estonia, Latvia,Lithuania, Poland, East Germany and Russia.

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Estonia

Estonia was an independent republic from 1918 until 1940, when Soviet troops occupied the country. This was the result of the socalled Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. A part of this agreement was that Estonia, the other Baltic States and a part of Poland came under the Soviet sphere of influence.

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