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ISBN 978-9985-58-792-8
Paperback
357 pages

МОГУТ ЛИ ТЕКСТЫ ЛГАТЬ? К проблеме работы с недостоверными источниками 
Can Texts Lie? On the Problematics of Working with Unreliable Sources (in Russian)
Edited by Tatjana Kuzovkina 

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“CAN TEXTS LIE? On the Problematics of Working with Unreliable Sources” is a collection that includes a variety of material from the 4th Yuri Lotman Semiotic Conference at the University of Tallinn in 2012. This conference concentrated on problematics in the humanities relating to the criticism and analysis of the sources of scientific research.

Developing the ideas of the Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics, the articles expand upon the possibilities of using counterfeit or deliberately misinforming sources in scientific research; cases, where it is difficult to understand, which text is the most “original” or authoritative; the problems of textological, philological, historical and cultural research.

The book is divided into four sub-parts. The first part includes essays studying the linguistic and cultural aspects of the terms “right/wrong” on a theoretical level. In addition, the conference thesis from Juri Lotman’s personal archive “On the Inevitability of Untrue Utterances” is published for the first time and promoted in an accompanying commentary by Tatyana Kuzovkina.

The articles in the second part discuss the source treatment at the Tartu-Moscow School and the culturo-historical problems that relate to it. The articles in the third part analyse cases where unreliability is a part of the author’s strategy, for example, artistic manipulations with the (non) authenticity of sources, fictional biographies and histories. The fourth part concentrates on the phenomenon of lying in different cultural and political discourses. 

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Paperback
220 pages

Slavica Revalensia I (2014) (in Russian)
Edited by Grigori Utgof 
Authors: Pavel Uspenski, Andrei Fedotov, Sergei Dotsenko, Irina Belobrovtseva, Semjon Leonenko, Marina Salman, Giuseppina Larocca, Boris Orehhov, Sergei Shaulov, Romen Nazirov, Aurika Meimre, Kirill Zubkov

10 €

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The Russian science magazine "Slavica Revalensia", founded in 2014 at the University of Tallinn, focuses on Slavic studies.

The magazine's editorial panel is comprised of 18 experts, including Aleksey Alekseyevich Gippius, the correspondent member of the Russian Science Academy; Professor Georgiy Akhilovich Levinton from the Faculty of Anthropology at the European University in St. Petersburg; Tatyana Vladimirovna Tsivyan, the Director of the Department of Russian Culture from the Institute of Comparative Culture at the University of Moscow; Professor Michael Wachtel, from the Faculty of Comparative Literature Studies and the Faculty of Slavonic Languages and Cultures at Princeton University, among others. The magazine is peer-reviewed and open to collaborations.

It is comprised of three sections: "Research and materials", "Critics" and "Bibliography".

The first issue of "Slavica Revalensia" contains 11 previously unpublished texts. Among them, for example, is an article by Pavel Uspensky; “Thoughts on Imitation of Horace” by Konstantin Batyushkov; “Perhaps the Poem Is Not That Bad?” an unpublished chapter from the doctoral thesis of Romen Gafanovich Nazirov (1934-2004); "Traditions of Pushkin and Gogol in Russian Prose: a Comparative History of Fabulae", as well as the article by Aurika Meimre and Antonia Nael on the displacement of the statue of Peter I in Tallinn in 1922.

The new magazine is published in collaboration with the Institute of Slavonic Languages and Cultures at the University of Tallinn and the Tallinn University Press; the editor of the first issue is Grigori Utgof.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-791-1
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552 pages

Gnoosis: Ühe hilisantiikaegse usundi olemus ja ajalugu
Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism (in Estonian)
Kurt Rudolph
Translated from German by Jaan Lahe, Jana Lahe and Marju Lepajõe

20 €

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Gnosis is a Greek word that means “cognition” - the opening of the human mind to the comprehension of something new. Gnosticism is a religious movement that emphasizes the knowledge of divine secrets. The movement began in the area of the eastern Mediterranean and in the first and second centuries AD it spread to various regions of the Roman Empire. Through Manichaeism, Gnosticism spread widely in the Neo-Persian or Sassanian Empire, even finding its way to China via missionary work.

Gnosis has many points in common with early Christianity as well as with other religions common throughout in the Roman Empire (Judaism, mystery cults) and philosophical systems (especially with Middle Platonism). As a movement that accentuates the necessity of discovering hidden divinity in a human being, Gnosticism has also been, and still is, of interest for later eastern thinkers, because it is a source of inspiration for many who seek spirituality.

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296 pages
Paperback 

Inventing the National Defence: Eastern Europe Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Accession to NATO
Estonian Yearbook of Military History

10 €

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The fourth issue of The Estonian Yearbook of Military History (in English) published in collaboration with the Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum and Tallinn University Press, is dedicated to the re-establishment of national defence in the Baltic states and in other East European states after the collapse of the USSR.

The yearbook contains articles written by historians and military men from the USA, Latvia, Germany and Estonia on the re-establishment or reshaping of national defence in Eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Poland and Estonia between 1990 and 2004. The yearbook includes articles by Toe Nõmme on weaponry purchases in Estonia during the 1990s; the military plans of General Ants Laaneots at the beginning of World War II; the memorial research by Hain Rebane on the failure in the conception of national defence of 1993 by the Government; as well as the so-called Israeli arms deal in 1993. Trivimi Velliste, the ex-Foreign Minister of Estonia and ex-Ambassador to the UN, wrote the introduction. 

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ISBN 978-9985-58-789-8
Paperback
592 pages

Biosemiootika: Uurimus elu märkidest ja märkide elust
Biosemiotics: An Examination into the Signs of Life and the Life of Signs (in Estonian)
Jesper Hoffmeyer
Translated from English by Ehte Puhang
Introduction by Kalevi Kull

16 €

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Jesper Hoffmeyer’s “Biosemiotics: An Examination into the Signs of Life and the Life of Signs” is spellbindingly written and is more than a textbook. It is a groundbreaking work, which dissipates common truths and interdisciplinary barriers. One of the main ideas of the book is that life is not just another phenomenon that evolves in an environment, but it has an important role to play in the process of the constant reshaping of nature.

It is the first book published in Estonian that provides an exhaustive introduction tobiosemiotics. It is recommended reading not only for students of biology and humanities but also for anyone who has an interest in life and culture in general.

Jesper Hoffmeyer is a world-renowned Danish scholar of semiotic biology.  He has worked as an experimenter as well as a theoretician, in the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Copenhagen, his home university. At the beginning of the 1990s when Hoffmeyer discovered the possibilities in the semiotic approach to the understanding of life, he became, and still is, one of the leading figures in the field of biosemiotics.

On the recommendation of the author, the book has been translated from English into Estonian by Ehte Puhang and includes an introduction by Kalevi Kull.


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ISBN 978-9985-58-790-4
Paperback
256 pages

Mis on filosoofia? 
What is Philosophy? (in Estonian)
Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari
Translated from French by Anti Saar
Foreword by Eik Hermann 

15 €

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“What is Philosophy?” (Qu’est-ce que la philosophie, 1991, Minuit) is the fourth substantial joint project of the influential French philosophical duo, Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) and Felix Guattari (1930-1992).

The last collaborative work of the authors distinguishes itself from their earlier writings by its higher level of abstraction. Following the maxim “philosophy is the creation of concepts”, Deleuze and Guattari define their object negatively at first, denying philosophy as the search for truth, as the art of reasoning, as the expansion of logic, and then positively, comparing philosophy to science and art and also showing how all three disciplines are connected in their resistance to chaos.

It could be said that the book is written from the point of view of practitioners and aims to reach beyond the common division of subjective-objective (art versus science) by showing that the acts of creating philosophy, science and art have both a subjective as well as an objective polarity.

Regardless of the title, “What is Philosophy?” does not attempt to become an introductory course to Western philosophy, but it does give a fresh and impressive vision of philosophy for the “advanced” reader as well as for readers with a wider interest in culture in general.

The Estonian translation of the book includes a foreweord by Eik Hermann.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-787-4
Paperback
368 pages

Sissejuhatus ikonograafiasse. Piltide sisulise tõlgendamise võimalusi
Introduction to Iconography: Ways of interpreting the content of images (in Estonian)
Frank Büttner, Andrea Gottdang
Translated from German by Mari Tarvas

16 €

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The book 'Introduction to IconographyWays of interpreting the content of images'(2009) written by Frank Büttner and Andrea Gottdang, is an introduction to the basics of the knowledge and understanding of images. Büttner, a professor at the University of Munich and Gottdang, a professor at the University of Salzburg, provide an extensive insight into the iconography of the historical language of images as well as the contemporary language. In other words, they explain how to “read” the images and understand their meanings. For instance, an image of a rose does not always stand for a rose, Hercules does not always symbolise a mythological figure and an image depicting a historical battle does not always aim to depict just that battle. Iconography teaches us to see beyond representations and to understand the rhetorics of imagery and architecture. The book also explores the history, essential notions, main subjects and sources of the iconographic research method. The book also includes instructive examples of image analysis.

The study of iconography is a research method of art history and its importance is far-reaching. As Frank Büttner comments at the conclusion of the book, the iconographic descripton and interpretation of images play an important role in preserving our cultural memory. Fort this reason, the book will be of interest to, not only students of art history, but also to anyone who has an interest in culture.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-785-0
Paperback
304 pages

Spordivigastused
Sports Injuries (in Estonian)
Sakari Orava
Translated from Finnish by Siim Sikk

27 €

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In order to prevent injuries, one must learn to avoid them and in order to avoid injuries an athlete must understand the general principles of training and physiology. Also, in many cases, correct nutrition is a positive contributing factor.

This book provides an overview of the methods for preventing, diagnosing and treating illnesses and injuries. Typical sports injuries and various exhaustion injuries are also discussed. The book contains the combined knowledge of world-class medical practitioners presented in a concise and well-organised way. It will be useful, not only for athletes and trainers, but also for doctors who specialise in sports medicine; its goal is to increase the opportunities to prevent and effectively treat sports injuries, so that athletes can make a fast recovery.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-786-7
Paperback
109 pages

Amenemhet I õpetus oma pojale Senusertile
Instructions of Amenemhat I to His Son Senusret
Translated from ancient Egyptian with a commentary by Sergei Stadnikow

9 €

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In this book, the translator and commentator, Egyptologist Sergei Stadnikow, analyses the essence of the institution of the “god-king” during the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (2040-1782 BC). With reference to this institution, the author concentrates on the tie between the world order (Maat) and the emperor, his almost boundless power and privileges as well as his obligations. The author provides an insight into the process of fixation of the kingdom from the end of the IV millennium until the beginning of the Middle Kingdom. From the subject-related texts, the author concentrates mostly on the use of royal titles for the pharaohs, the Pyramid Texts, Teaching for King MerikareTeaching of Amenemhat I to His Son Senusretand The Tale of Sinuhe.

Special attention is given to the literary, philological, historico-political and belief-related analysis of the popular didactical work written in the name of Amenemhat I. The respective notes, conclusions and hypotheses will echo in the abundance of remarks and comments.

One should especially acknowledge the author for the many comparisons of various translations and writings; for example, the studies of Egyptologists H. Brunner, R. Parkinson, G. Posener, W. Helck, A. Volten, E. Blumenthal, M. A. Korostovtsev and others are analysed in the book.

Moreover, S. Stadnikow seeks to position Teaching of Amenemhat I to His Son Senusret in the context of direct and indirect communication between the subjects of world literature.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-784-3
Paperback
197 pages

Ükski saar pole saar: Neli pilguheitu inglise kirjandusele globaalsest vaatenurgast
No Island Is an Island: Four Glances at English Literature in a World Perspective (in Estonian) Carlo Ginzburg
Translated from English by Aet Varik

12 €

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This book contains four educated, brilliant and deep and distinctive insights into the history of English literature. In his own characteristic way, the author has chosen texts that inspire him to plunge into the historical context of the texts and into their dialogue with other texts. The book also presents, according to the author himself, a ‘non-insular vision of English literature’.

Carlo Ginzburg (born 1939) is considered to be one of the most renowned and influential Italian historians today. The main part of his writings concentrates on the research of witchcraft beliefs in early modern Europe. He has also written some remarkable analyses on art history, literature, politics, and on historico-theoretical issues.

For a considerable period of time, Carlo Ginzburg taught at the University of Bologna; he is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California.

The book also includes an interview with Carlo Ginzburg by the cultural historian, Marek Tamm.

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ISBN 9789-985-58-78-12
Paperback
389 pages

Peatükke Eesti muusikakriitikast enne 1944. aastat 
Chapters of Estonian Music Criticism Before 1944 (in Estonian)
Compiled by Maris Kirme
Authors: Maris Kirme, Maret Tomson, Reelike Tükk

14 €

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This book is the first analytical discourse on Estonian music criticism. The general aim of the book is to identify the parameters of Estonian music criticism written before the year 1944, how it functioned, its dependence on the prevailing ideology, the influence of taste judgements and government authority, the ideas and values of criticism and their transformation in relation to changes in the political situation. It also dwells on the poetics of criticism, as well as the vocabulary characteristic of critics.

The book consists of four analyses of Estonian music criticism. Moreover, reviews from a German newspaper in Tallinn are examined side by side with Estonian newspapers. The authors show that music criticism is not just a journalistic echo of music nor the voice representing the public, but a multi-layered independent text.


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ISBN 9789-985-58-78-36
Paperback
536 pages

Maastik ja mälu. Pärandiloome arengujooni Eestis (in Estonian)
Landscape and Memory: Of the Development of Heritage Production in Estonia
Composed and edited by Linda Kaljundi and Helen Sooväli-Sepping
Authors: Linda Kaljundi, Valter Lang, Marek Tamm, Ulrike Plath, Ants Hein, Kristina Jõekalda, Riin Magnus, Heiki Pärdi, Hannes Palang, Mariann Raisma, Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Anu Printsmann, Tiina Peil, Aet Annist, Marju Kõivupuu, Tarmo Jüristo, Daniel Vaarik

14 €

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Landscape, which in its broader sense includes everything that surrounds us, has helped and continues to help in developing our understanding of identity and a common past. Landscape enables communities to reunite but can also separate communities and induce conflicts between different groups, ideologies and eras. Nevertheless, landscape itself never becomes the incarnation of a historical identity on its own, but happens because of our own continuous intervention, which makes it possible to demonstrate, recreate or hide spatial strata of different eras.

This is the first collection that gives such a broad insight into the relationship between landscapes and memory in Estonia from the Middle Ages until the present. It also helps to map the ways in which earlier heritage production has influenced the modern vision of the landscapes characteristic of Estonia. In addition, the book provides the reader with an excellent introduction to the possibilities of interpreting the relationship between landscape and historical memory in different fields of study. The book is a combination of writings by recognised scientists including a historian and archaeologist, an art historian and semiotician, an anthropologist, an ethnographer and a cultural geographer who share their perspectives on the relationships between landscape, memory and heritage construction.

The articles offer an insight into many key issues concerning the Estonian landscape heritage: they analyse various historical understandings of the space and environment that we either define as ‘our own’ or as ‘unfamiliar’, the spatial utopias aimed at the present as well as the past, different memory sites as well as the role of heritage protection and museums as constructors of heritage during different eras. The book also covers the ways of depicting landscapes to how and what we see and value in the environment and the influence this has. Attention is given to the depiction of landscapes in picture and in word: in historical chronicles and in journalism, in scientific texts and in literature, in photo albums and in tourism brochures, in filmography, etc.


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ISBN 9789-985-58-78-29
Paperback
560 pages

В свете незримого: жизнь и судьба А. А. Крогиуса
In the Light of the Invisible: the Life and Destiny of A. A. Krogius (in Russian)
Kirill Maslov

17 €

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This book tells the story of the life and scientific pursuits of A.A. Krogius (1871-1933), a graduate of the University of Tartu. Krogius was an active participant in psychology congresses and is considered to be the founder of the science of psychology of the blind in Russia.

He was a professor of Psychology at the Saratov State University from 1919 to 1932 but his life was over-shadowed by the dramatic historical events of the early 20th century. The book includes unique documents made available from both public and private archives in Estonia, Russia and the U.S.

In the Light of the Invisible: the Life and Destiny of A. A. Krogius will be of particular interest for psychologists, historians of science and students but will also appeal to anybody who is interested in history and science. 

 



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ISBN 9789-985-58-778-2
Paperback
392 pages

Kirjandus kui selline: Valik vene vormikoolkonna tekste
Literature as such. Selection of texts from the Russian formalist school (in Estonian)
Viktor Shklovsky, Roman Jakobson, Boriss Eichenbaum, Yuri Tynyanov, Boriss Tomashevski 
Compiled by Märt Väljataga 

14 €

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20th century literary science developed from the ideas of Russian formalism. These were born from the spirit of futurism and revolution, as opposed to didactics and vague philosophising. These gradually developed into a systematic cultural theory. The youthful polemic of Viktor Shklovsky, Roman Jakobson, Boriss Eichenbaum, Yuri Tynyanov, Boriss Tomashevski and other radiant personalities went hand in hand with scholarly research. The present collection is divided into four parts: 'Manifestos', 'Prose theory', 'Literary process' and 'Self interpretations'. The book contains 16 key texts, authors´ introductions, comments, epilogues and registers. Such notions as astonishment and evolution, realism and conditionality, form and material, dominance and function, storyline and plot, orientation and system - as well as the relation of literature with biography and everyday life - are discussed. None of these have lost their relevance.

The collection includes comments and a thorough preface.


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ISBN 9789-985-58-779-9
Paperback
340 pages

Семиотика города: Материалы Третьих Лотмановских дней в Таллиннском университете (3–5 июня 2011 г.)
Urban semiotics: materials from 3rd Juri Lotman Days at Tallinn University (in Russian)
Edited by Igor Pilshchikov 

15 €

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The book consists of four sections. The articles in the first section discuss how the “text of Tallinn” and the “text of Vilnius” function in modern and contemporary Baltic and Eastern Slavic cultures. The second section is devoted to the problems of urbanism as they are reflected in the Russian literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The third section includes the papers that describe the visual and mental perception of the city space by the artists, travellers, and local inhabitants themselves. The fourth and the last section contains the controversy between the participants in the discussion of the semiotics of St. Petersburg in the interpretation of Juri Lotman and Boris Uspensky.

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ISBN 9789-985-58-777-5
Paperback
280 pages

Me pole kunagi olnud modernsed
We Have Never Been Modern (in Estonian)
Bruno Latour
Translated from French by Anti Saar
Afterword by Silver Rattasepp 

10 €

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Bruno Latour´s 'We Have Never Been Modern' shows us that the world view of us - the rational people who have grown up in modernity - is not the only possibility, or not even the most exact of all, but is significantly biased due to some arbitrary cultural decisions that seem natural to us; but actually are not. The world that Latour invites us to notice instead is something different altogether: a functioning body of networks, hybrids and interpenetrations, which is at the same time local and global, natural and human – is as it is, not as it seems.

Professor Bruno Latour (b. 1947) from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, is the least known superstar of contemporary philosophical thinking. He is a very influential, widely cited and referred author.  One of the main leaders, not to say founders, of technical research whose interests reach from anthropological laboratory studies to the fields of arts, religion, legislations and sometimes even railway systems and others, all set in an original and unique philosophical framework. 
 

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ISBN 9789-985-58-776-8
Paperback
304 pages

Presenting Yourself. The Tallinn Citizen and Their Dwelling during Early Modern Period
Krista Kodres

22 €

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The Modern Tallinn Old Town is usually described as a town with medieval architecture. When taking a closer look one might notice that the buildings with “gothic” facades – the once single-family dwellings – are not really prevalent in the cityscape. Furthermore, the notion of the few centuries following Middle Ages in Reval were lacking in architecture and art. Actually, the dwellings changed drastically after the golden era of the Hansa Union in the 15th century Tallinn: New windows were carved into the pointed gables and modern colourful details were added, and several rich townsmen remodelled their houses radically by losing the gables entirely and making the roofs slant towards the street.
The biggest visual changes made in the 16th—18th century happened to the courtyards of the buildings and the interior of the dwellings: the living quarters were made wider by adding rooms towards the street and the courtyard and by making use of the space used as storage rooms until then, the entire living space became more functionally bounded, the rooms became lighter, more comfortable, beautiful and more richly furnished. Thus, the city was constantly changing through its buildings, even though the street fabric largely remained the same.

Were the Tallinn dwellings restructured during the first centuries of the early modern period, why and how, are the main focus points of the book Presenting Yourself. The Tallinn Citizen and Their Dwelling during Early Modern Period. Why and how did the owners have their building walls embellished with stone carvings and paintings, and when and how did the white-pillared order architecture from antiquity make its way to Tallinn? How did the old and new architecture and art forms relate to each other, and why did the owners feel the need to constantly re-embellish and embellish their houses? Why did they need to change the plan of the dwelling as well and how was it done? What did the entire family, including the helping staff, do it those rooms? What kind of furniture and decorations did they get and why did they spend money on this? What did they paint on the ceilings and walls, and why? How and where did they gain the knowledge and pressure to execute the visual changes?

One of the most important conclusions of the research is that the wealthy Tallinn citizen, either a merchant or a nobleman, was an “international man”, who developed and embellished his home because it was a matter of standing, which during the early modern period included paying attention and money to the “exterior things”.


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ISBN 9789-985-58-775-1
Paperback
237 pages

A Hundred Poems, A Hundred Poets
Compiled by Fujiwara no Teika
Translation and commentary from Classical Japanese by Alari Allik

8 €

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A Hundred Poems, A Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu) is a small poetry anthology that the known poet and poetry theoretician Fujiwara Teika (1162-1241) compiled in the beginning of the 13th century. The anthology gives a good overview of the development of Japanese poetry on 7th-13th century and contains short poetry by Ono no Komachi, Ariwara no Narihira, Murasaki Shikibu, and many other known writers.

Some less known texts also made it into Teika’s little anthology, but those are also valuable in a way by providing insight about the taste preferences of the medieval literati.

This selection of poems has been made famous in Japan by a card game that people still play even nowadays during the New Year’s celebration. Thanks to this game there are still some Japanese, who know all the poems of A Hundred Poems, A Hundred Poets by heart. They use beautiful cards depicting fancily dressed courtiers, monks and ladies-in-waiting when reciting the poetry.

The pictures and calligraphy in this compilation are from a textbook for educating women from the Edo period (1603-1867) entitled The Selected Colourful Pages of Teika (Teika-sen kinyōshō, 1813).

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ISBN 9789-985-58-772-0
Paperback
272 pages

The Beloved by the Gods King Priyadarshin Ashoka’s epigraphs
The preface, epigraph translations from Aramaic and Greek and several Prakrits, and the necessary background information along with the commentary by Martti Kalda

12 €

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The great king Ashoka of Ancient India (ruling approx. 274/268 – 234/232 BC) was a legendary ruler, whose person has lost any and all historical accuracy by now, and is completely veiled by legends instead. His numerous epigraphs, found on rocks and monoliths from various places on the Hindustan peninsula, advocate a rough idea of humanism based on Buddhist teachings. The commented translations of the epigraphs, along with the analytical introduction, open Ashoka up for the Estonian reader as both – the historical person, as well as the hero in Buddhist legends. The book also uncovers the propagandist nature of the epigraphs, but also brings to us the eternal values of a welfare state: tolerance, caring, freedom of religion, morality, nonviolence, equality in front of the law.

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ISBN 9789-985-58-772-0
Paperback
272 pages

Русский язык сегодня: Aктуальные вопросы теории и их методическая интерпретация
Russian Language Today: The Topical Questions of the Theory and theri Methodical Interpretation (in Russian)
Compiled and edited by Natalia Tshuikina
8 €

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The book disserts the aspects of modern linguistics, which have not lost their topicality over time. By finding additional data from the language system, the current linguistic theory focuses on the functioning of the language instruments, and the semantics and pragmatics – cognitive processes – of using them. Thus it becomes possible to interpret the content and meaning of language units. The named aspects form the basis of language studies, developing the skills of understanding fluent speech and building it.

The first part of the book is dedicated to the linguistic description of the Russian language; the second part disserts the problems of teaching Russian. The concepts of Russian culture, which are attainable through linguistic research and allow teaching the understanding of Russian culture, reflect in the aforementioned aspects. This is especially relevant in the light of current social situation: A 21st century globalised multicultural community, where the Russian language and teaching it have a clear position.

The book is comprised of articles by Estonian, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Polish and Bulgarian researchers.

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ISBN 9789-985-58-774-4
Paperback
512 pages


Playgrounds And Battlefields: Critical Perspectives of Social Engagement
Edited by Francisco Martínez ja Klemen Slabina
Authors: Francisco Martínez, Klemen Slabina, Mihhail Lotman, Siobhan Kattago, Kevin Ryan, Tom Frost, Flo Kasearu, Marcos Farias-Ferreira, Jaanika Puusalu, Dita Bezdíčková, Emeli Theander, Patrick Laviolette, Alastair Bonnett, Oleg Pachenkov and Lilia Voronkova, Anne Vatén, Helena Holgersson, Patricia García Espín and Manuel García Fernández, Benjamin Noys, Kristina Norman, Madli Maruste, Pille Runnel and Ehti Järv, Alessandro Testa, Sean Homer, Tarmo Jüristo

15 €

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This book explores whether the metaphors of ‘playground’ and ‘battlefield’ might be analytically meaningful terms for understanding contemporary society. The duality of playgrounds and battlefields is presented as a space of continuous becoming, related to the recreation, domination and experience of a place, as well as to corresponding practices of excess, interaction and enjoyment. We believe that a discussion about engagement and responsibility in a modern social setting is possible only through new concepts that avoid binary formulations. Playgrounds and battlefields are thus used as a trigger enabling a fresh approach to a contemporaneity that is highly influenced by the way in which societies deal with their past and future. In this sense, the ‘Playgrounds and Battlefields’ volume is a thematic one, mapping the field and offering grammar of possibility.