The Singing Revolution
How Music Toppled an Empire

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The Singing Revolution - Non-Violent Protest in Estonia
Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolution. But song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. The…
1939-1956: The Soviet & Nazi Occupations: Soviet Propaganda
The subjugation began in Estonia in 1939 with the secret protocols of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between Stalin and Hitler that would ignite World War II, to the Siberian Gulag, to…
1957-1986: The Stagnation Years - The Roles of Finnish TV, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe
By the late-1980's, Mikhail Gorbachev's attempts to salvage the empire by offering perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (free speech) were backfiring, as Estonians saw the new policies as an opportunity. The…
1987-1991: The Singing Revolution - Role of Culture Under Soviet Occupation
The crowd walked three miles to a traditional song festival field to continue the concert, and massive crowds gathered for six straight nights to lift hands, sway in unison, and…
Song Festival: Boys Choir - Kikilips (The "Bow Tie" Song)
The Singing Revolution tells the moving and dramatic story of how the Estonian people strategically, willfully, sung their way to freedom - and helped topple an empire along the way.

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