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Chapter 15: The veiled patterns of power: Changes in the marginalised countryside of Estonia and local identity

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Chapter Summary

Estonians consider themselves to be one of the most enduring European ethnic groups to have lived on the shores of the Baltic Sea. This premise is still of the utmost importance to the national identity and explains the continued survival of the nation despite the foreign conquests since the 13th century. Although the European Landscape Convention concentrates more on everyday landscapes, there are some show pieces which, if linked by association with the whole region, could serve as attractions in its promotion. In order to escape the current marginalised situation it is essential to look into the history of the region and search for a local identity in the glorious past of the parish. This chapter shows that the heritage of Helme is rich in hidden traces of the past which could be of advantage in improving its peripheral status.

Keywords: Baltic Sea; Estonians; European ethnic groups; European Landscape Convention; Helme



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