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ISBN 9789-985-58-771-3
232 pages

The Dramas of Gandersheim Hrotsvita
Translated from Latin by Mari Murdvee 
12 €


Hrotsvita (approx. 930/935 – after 975) is the first known female writer of the Middle Ages, as well as the first Western author, who has written Christian plays. There is very little known about Hrotsvita’s life, mainly that most of it was spent in the rich and famous Gandersheim monastery in Saxony. Hrotsvita’s known creation consists of eight hagiographical verse-tales, six plays in rhymed prose, two historic poems, one poem and some letters. The main portion of her literary legacy as a whole only exists in a manuscript preserved in Munich, which was rediscovered in the beginning of the 16th century.

The first part of The Dramas of Gandersheim Hrotsvita includes five versed hagiographies that all praise chastity and abstinence in different ways; the second part is written in rhymed prose and contains six plays with prefaces. There is mostly a female character and her religious change of heart or martyrdom in the centre of the drama, written in Terentius’ example.


ISBN 9789-985-58-769-0
192 pages

Mind is Buddha: Mazu’s sermons and utterances
Mazu Daoyi 
Translated and commented from Classical Chinese by Elli Feldberg

12 €


The main character of the book „Mind is Buddha: Mazu’s sermons and utterances“ is the Chinese chan teacher Mazu Daoyi (709-788) who is considered to be the founder of the „classical“ chan and pioneer of the linji school, which is popular even nowadays.

„Mazu’s sermons and utterances„ was first published on the 11th century. The first and second part of the manuscript are very close to the original, being based on the writings of Mazu’s students. The third part (utterances), however, is based on later sources and Mazu is depicted as a radical chan teacher who surprises his students with unexcpected words and behaviour, sometimes even using his hands and feet, to help them towards understanding.

„Mazu’s sermons and utterances„ is the first complete Buddhist text to be Estonianised from Classical Chinese. The original text in Chinese has been added to the translation, in addition to an elaborate commentary and a comprehensive preface


ISBN 9789-985-58-770-6
464 pages

What is culture? Introduction to culture theory
Rein Raud

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An idea of how culture functions -- in other words an idea of everything that helps people to find meaning in their living environment and their place in it- is important for every independent and thinking person; but for people in the field of humanities and social sciences it is inevitable. The book is trying to offer that kind of a perception. First and foremost the reader is introduced to the most important approaches that have been applied in science nowadays to analyse the cultural phenomena. On the other hand, it is pointed out, how to use these approaches or different combinations of them in our everyday cultural environment as well as to giving a critical meaning to the substance that is in our cultural memory.

In addition to modern theories, a lot of space has been dedicated to the historical background of the way of thinking of culture theory and to approaches that are not used anymore. It is because newer theories can be easily understood when knowing on which viewpoint they are based on. It is good to know the tradition in order to recognize paraphrasing of old ideas in new statements as well as in our own. Semiotician Mihhail Lotman:” the book fills an important gap in the field of Estonian cultural literature. It is the first original Estonian approach that gives a full overview of culturology and its main issues, methods and schools of thought. It can be sensed that the author is not an office scientist but a teacher whose intelligence has been successfully combined with appealing presentation. The monograph of Rein Raud can be used as a textbook but it is still something much more. It is original and at times in a good way, even a provocative narrative of culture.


ISBN 9789-985-58-768-3
296 pages

The Unpredictable Workings of Culture
Juri Lotman
Translated from Russian to English by Brian Baer
Afterword by Mihhail Lotman

12 €


The Unpredictable Workings of Culture belongs to Juri Lotman’s late period. Previously published in Italian and Russian, this work is appearing now for the first time in English translation. The book’s general thematics link it to Lotman’s two other final monographs,Universe of the Mind and Culture and Explosion, already well-known to Anglophone readers. All three of these books are dedicated to questions that occupied this scholar and thinker during the last years of his life: first, the need for a common approach to natural, social, and spiritual phenomena; second, the problem of evolutionary and explosive processes in the history of culture; and, third, the question, closely linked to the previous two, of art as a workshop of unpredictability.

Lotman’s friends and colleagues—brilliant representatives of the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School—point out the special style and tone of this work: “While I was reading the book, I had the sensation I was speaking with Lotman. I could hear his intonations; I could see his face turned toward me. I used to have the same feeling when I listened to his lectures. It seemed that he wasn’t speaking to us all at the same time but rather to each one of us individually” (Boris Uspensky). “This book is an outstanding example of Lotman’s style. Here Lotman expresses his most cherished thoughts with a clarity and in a form that make them accessible to a wide audience, offering rare and fascinating examples to illustrate his points” (Vyacheslav Ivanov).


ISBN 9789-985-58-767-6
398 pages 

Subkultuurid. Elustiilide uurimused
Subcultures: Survey on lifestyles (in Estonian)
Edited by Airi-Alina Allaste
Authors: Airi-Alina Allaste, Peeter Vihma, Pirjo Turk, Lii Araste, Maarja Kobin, Madis Altermann, Lee Maripuu, Rene Mäe, Maarin Ektermann, Hannaliisa Uusma and Kadri Ann Salla

13 €


Subcultures can be considered as a forefront and defence line of society as well as an expansion of Western mass culture in Estonia. Subcultures can also be seen as a frightening and abnormal riot but at the same time as avant garde or the core of culture.  In the newly published book a practical and empirical sociological approach has been used to tackle the subject of subcultures. Different phenomena have been analyzed in the collection- from creative self-expression of artists and social criticism to social conventions based on controlling the violence of teen criminals. The main aim of the collection has been to give an Estonian meaning to the term subcultures and due to this, different phenomena, which can be called subcultures, have been included in the collection. The book begins with a practical approach but mainly consists of empirical articles on the subjects of the adjustment of subcultural styles in Estonia, the limits of subculture and culture and how structures influence subcultures.


ISBN 9789-985-58-766-9
160 pages

Funktsioon ja struktuur Briti koolkonnas: Antropoloogia lugemik
Function and structure in the British school. Anthropology reader (in Estonian)
Compiled by Lorenzo Cañás Bottos
Translated from English by Krista Mits, Maarja Kaaristo, Mart Viirand, Anne Lange ja Maria Michelson 
Editors Maarja Kaaristo and Triinu Pakk

10 €


This compendium includes the texts from 1922–1940 of Bronisław Malinowski (1884–1942) and Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown (1881–1955), who have influenced the development of social anthropology as a discipline tremendously; the chosen writings reflect the central ideas of the functionalist and structural functionalist schools of anthropology. These authors, founders of the modern British social anthropology, gave a new direction to the discipline and a methodological and theoretical approach, as well as taught an entire generation of anthropologists. The areas developed by Malonowski and Radcliffe-Brown are still represented in social anthropology till date: theoretical interest combined with empirical, ethnographical fieldwork done on site.

The redactor Lorenzo Cañás Bottos is currently a docent in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology; 2006-2012 he was the first anthropology professor of Tallinn University. He has done fieldwork in Ireland and boarder areas of Northern Ireland, and with the mennonites in Argentina and Bolivia.


ISBN 9789-985-58-765-2
187 pages

The Society of the Spectacle (in Estonian)
Guy Debord
Translated from French by Anti Saar

9 €

Guy Ernest Debord (1931-1994) was a French Marxist philosopher, a film director and one of the main ideologists of avant-garde art in the second half of the 20th century. He was a great inspiration to many cultural theorists and practitioners due to his inability to accept any form of mental, social and artistic permanence.

In his main piece of writing “The Society of the Spectacle” (1967), he depicts a poetic and slogan-like approach of the spectacle as a control-mechanism of modern society by using theses and a critical comparison with earlier Marxist tradition. Debord´s contemporary vision at the beginning of the 21st century is affirmed by the opinion of many critics, that the society spectacle with its glory and misery is only now becoming a late-capitalistic reality brought on by the explosive development of new media.


ISBN 9789-985-58-764-5
480 pages

Jutlustajad ja hingede päästjad: Dominiiklaste ordu ja Tallinna Püha Katariina Konvent
Preachers and Soul Saviours: The Dominican Order and the Tallinn St. Catherine’s Convent (in Estonian)
Tiina Kala 


The book “Jutlustajad ja hingede päästjad: dominiiklaste ordu ja Tallinna Püha Katariina Konvent” (Preachers and Soul Saviours: The Dominican Order and the Tallinn St. Catherine’s Convent) thoroughly depicts the history of the Dominicans in Tallinn from the establishment of the convent to its breakup, by revealing the everyday life of the Dominican Brothers - their liturgy and relationship with the rest of the world, arguments with the clergy and relations with the town´s people, the aristocracy and the farmers. The fate of the convent is compared to the overall history of the Order of Preachers, supporting historical facts with printed publications and handwritten resources. These have come mainly from the Tallinn city archives, but some have also come from the Hamburg National Archives and the central archives of the Order of Preachers.


ISBN 9789-985-58-763-8
216 pages

Mis on sotsioloogia?
What is sociology? (in Estonian)
Norbert Elias
Translated from German by Katrin Kaugver
Preface by Mikko Lagerspetz


The book “What is Sociology?” is recognized as a sociological confession by the German sociologist, Norbert Elias (1897-1890). It is not a typical sociology textbook that begins by introducing the main concepts, but begins instead with the destruction of central notions of sociology such as “the individual” and “society”. Elias sees “society” and its main components – “family”, “school”, “industry”, “earth”, “system” etc. - as examples of objectification and the dehumanisation of social life, brought on by sociological and regular vocabulary. He also thinks of the notion “individual” as an unreal abstraction, because a human being cannot exist without their social connections.

“What is Sociology?” reveals that its author is an independent thinker and is not afraid to tackle the fundamental problems of his field. He does this with an in-depth, radical approach. The Estonian publication has a foreword written by Mikko Lagerspetz, a sociology professor at Åbo Akademi University.


ISBN 978-9985-58-762-1
268 pages

Kultuuriajaloo ülesanne. Valitud artiklid, esseed, kõned
The Task of Cultural History. Selected articles, essays, speeches (in Estonian)
Johan Huizinga
Compiled by Joep Leerssen
Translated by Mati Sirkel


“The Task of Cultural History” is a collection of Johan Huizinga´s most important articles and papers. Huizinga (1872-1945) was a Dutch historian and cultural critic, whose work has historically had a great influence on the research options of cultural history and critical thinking in Europe. His work is characterized by an interest in anthropology, philology, psychology and philosophy within the framework of cultural history.

Professor Joep Leerssen, of the University of Amsterdam, is an expert on Huizinga´s creation and has compiled the collection and written the introduction. It is a very impressive anthology, giving the reader a clear insight into the mind-set of Johan Huizinga.


ISBN 978-9985-58-760-7
188 pages

Gooti arhitektuur ja skolastika
Gothic architecture and scholasticism (in Estonian)
Erwin Panofsky
Preface by Pierre Bourdieu
Translated from English by Ene-Reet Soovik and from French by Kaia Sisask
Edited and commented by Anneli Randla

11 €

Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) is one of most renowned art historians of the twentieth century, as well as the founder and practitioner of the iconological method. His method is based on drawing parallels between the meaning of art pieces and the worldview of the period. Despite changes in the prevailing discourses, this method has remained popular among art historians.

”Gothic architecture and scholasticism” (1951) is one of Panofsky ´s most polemical works. In it, he brings together modes of thought derived from high mediaeval philosophy with the development of architectural forms. Due to its innovative approach when published, the book is considered among the fundamental texts in the historiography of art history. ”Gothic architecture and scholasticism” is an exemplary text of how iconology can be applied. It illustrates the author´s belief that the medieval scholastic system is visible in gothic architecture. Despite the fact that Panofsky can be very easily criticised from a modern perspective, iconology has not lost its relevance. According to Krista Kodres, professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Panofskian method of close reading of artworks still belongs in every contemporary researcher’s methodological ”tool bag.”

The Estonian publication also includes Pierre Bourdieu´s excellent prologue. The book has been edited and commentary has been added by Anneli Randla


ISBN 978-9985-58-758-4
208 pages 

Jalgrattasõidu anatoomia
Cycling Anatomy (in Estonian)
Shannon Sovndal
Translated from English by Marina Maran

12 €


See what it takes to maximize cycling power, speed, and endurance! Cycling Anatomy will show you how to improve your performance by increasing muscular strength and optimizing the efficiency of every movement.

Cycling Anatomy features 74 of the most effective cycling exercises, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles in action.

Cycling Anatomy goes beyond exercises by placing you on the bike and into the throes of competition. Illustrations of the active muscles involved in cornering, climbing, descending, and sprinting show you how the exercises are fundamentally linked to cycling performance. From steep inclines to slick terrains, Cycling Anatomy will ensure you're prepared for any challenge that comes your way.

You'll also learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas, reduce muscle tension, and minimize common cycling injuries. You'll also learn ways to pull it all together to develop a training based on your individual needs and goals.

Whether you're training for an upcoming century ride or just want to top that killer hill with strength to spare, Cycling Anatomy will make sure you get the most out of every ride.


280 pages


Eesti sõjaajaloo aastaraamat 3 (9) 2013
200 aastat Napoleoni sõjakäigust Venemaale ja selle mõju Läänemere maadele
Estonian War History Yearbook 3 (9) 2013. 200 years since Napoleon’s war campaign to Russia and its effects on the states of the Baltic Sea (in Estonian)

12 €


The third issue of the War History Yearbook, published in collaboration with the Estonian War Museum – General Laidoner’s Museum and Tallinn University Press, is dedicated to the bicentennial anniversary of Napoleon’s war campaign to Russia in 1812. The yearbook has articles written by Estonian, Finnish and American historians, discussing the various aspects of Napoleon’s wars, from Prussian foreign politics to Russian military honours and from Napoleon’s war path logistics to its reflection in graphics of the first half of  the 19th century. There is also an appendix detailing the chronological overview of the quarter century spanning Napoleon’s wars.

Three articles in the second part of the yearbook reflect the military collaboration between Estonia and Latvia in  the intervals between wars, aspects regarding the monument for war casualties in Pärnu Old Park, and the exploitation of II World War veteran stories in the Soviet propaganda in Estonian SSR.      The yearbook, which includes a considerable number of pictures and photos, has been pre-reviewed and all the articles have lengthy annotations in English.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-759-1
582 pages

Случайность и непредсказуемость в истории культуры. Материалы Вторых Лотмановских дней в Таллиннском университете (4–6 июня 2010 г.)
Chance and Indeterminism in Cultural History. Materials of the Second Juri Lotman Days at Tallinn University (4–6 June 2010) (in Russian)
General Editor: Igor Pilshchikov
Edited by T. Kuzovkina, I. Pilshchikov, N. Poselyagin and M. Trunin 

14 €


This collection presents the materials of the conference, which was devoted to the concepts of “chance”, “unpredictability”, “probability”, and “coincidence”. The book consists of three sections. The first section includes the papers that discuss cultural-historical problems in terms of such terminological opposition as “necessity vs. chance”, “predictable vs.unpredictable”, and “deterministic vs. stochastic”. The second section is devoted to the problems of indeterminism in Russian cultural history as they are reflected in Russian poetic, novelistic, cinematic and political discourses and narratives. The articles in the third section discuss cultural and political aspects of contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe, and, in particular, J. Lotman’s communication with the Estonian academic and social milieu.


ISBN 978-9985-58-755-3 Paperback 
288 pages

Pistriku talvekarje: esseid Joseph Brodsky poeetikast ja surmast
The Winter Scream of a Falcon: Essays on the Poetics and Death of Joseph Brodsky (in Estonian
by Mihhail Lotman 
Poems translated by Mihhail Lotman ja Maria-Kristiina Lotman

10 €


A poet, essayist and dramatist, Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) had a significant influence on the Russian and English-speaking literary and cultural world. He actively participated in the intellectual life of the United States, especially in New York. According to Susan Sontag, he was responsible for considerable changes. Brodsky's poetic world is illustrated by the tremendous tension between Eros and Thanatos on the one hand and Clio and Urania on the other hand, i.e. between space and time. All objects, events and metaphors in Brodsky's poetry are part of this theme.
In Mihhail Lotman's book “Pistriku talvekarje: esseid Joseph Brodsky poeetikast ja surmast” (in Estonian) the most important aspects of Brodsky's poetics are discussed in different genres and from a variety of perspectives. Compared to the first edition, the themes of the sea and especially the sky have been discussed in more detail. An essay about Brodsky's love story and his poems on love has been added.


ISBN 978-9985-58-757-7 Paperback
144 pages

Kitsas tee sisemaale
Narrow Road to the Deep North (in Estonian)
Matsuo Bashō
Translated from Classical Japanese by Margit Juurikas

7 €


Matsuo Bashō was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" he was a serious student of Zen Buddhism setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changing, of the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These travel writings not only chronicle Bashō's perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.


ISBN 978-9985-58-756-0 Paperback
246 pages

Demokraatia  kas inimkonna tulevik? Tingimusliku ja kontekstuaalse lähenemise vajalikkusest demokraatia levitamisel 
Democracy – A Destiny of Humankind? A Qualified, Contingent and Contextual Case for Democracy Promotion (in Estonian)
Rein Müllerson
Translated from English by Pille Kruus

12 €


This book by Rein Müllerson, who is currently the President of Tallinn University Law School (TLÜ Õigusakadeemia), is a result of several years of practical involvement as UN Regional Advisor for Central Asia, where issues of democracy promotion have been paramount, as well as academic research and teaching at King's College, London and the London School of Economics.
The main purpose of the book is to give a balanced, contextual and realistic picture of prospects of democracy in the non-Western, including Muslim countries, world.
It is also about dangers of voluntaristic attempts, which are illuminated by deterministic reading of the past, to accelerate the course of history towards certain ends, be it communism or liberal democracy. This book is meant mainly for those who are involved in various capacities in democracy promotion (government officials, staff of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (NGO), academics and students (mostly on the Master's and PhD levels).


ISBN 978-9985-58-752-2 Paperback 
152 pages

Morality (in Estonian)
Bernard Williams 
Translated from English by Tiiu Hallap

12 €


Bernard Williams (1929–2003) was one of the leading figures of the philosophy of morality in the second half of the 20th century. He has often been named as the representative of the “anti-theoretical” line of thinking. “Morality”, published in 1972, is Williams' first, but still widely quoted, work.
At the time of publication, “Morality” was targeted mainly against the mainstream Anglo-American philosophy of morality, which saw ethics only as meta-ethics and semantics. It was believed that the main task of a philosopher is to merely analyse the language of morality, not to “moralise”, clean or axiomatise the norms of morality. Although in recent decades there has been the rebirth of practical or applied ethics, one of Williams' main critical statements is also valid for contemporary philosophy of morality – theories are schematic and tend to lose touch with the depth and details of the realities of life.