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ISSN 2346-5824
232 pages

Slavica Revalensia II (2015) (in Russian)
Edited by Grigori Utgof
Authors: Andrei Kostin, Aleksei Balakin, Anna Gubergrits, Anna Dolinina, Marina Salman, Olga Demidova, Dmitri Nikolayev, Vladimir Toporov, Sergei Shindin 

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Slavica Revalensia is an international scientific journal that was founded in 2014 and is focused on Slavonic studies. The journal is published in Russian and it has three sections: “Studies and materials”, “Criticism” and “Bibliography”.

In the second issue of Slavica Revalensia, nine new texts not yet published are waiting to be discovered by the reader. They include Aleksei Balakin’s study on an unknown version of Ossip Mandelstam’s poem “Я вернулся в мой город, знакомый до слез…”, Olga Demidova’s article on the reception of Marcel Proust and James Joyce in Russian exile literature during the period between the wars, and a scientific autobiography of an outstanding Russian philologist Vladimir Nikolayevich Toporov (1928–2005) (Mikhail Dynin’s and Tatyana Civyan’s publication).

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ISSN 2228-0669
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272 pages 

Great War in Eastern Europe – Different Experience, Different Memories (in Estonian)
I maailmasõda Ida-Euroopas – teistsugune kogemus, teistsugused mälestused
Editor-in-Chief Toomas Hiio 

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Estonian Yearbook of Military History, a joint publication of Estonian War Museum and Tallinn University Press, has reached the milestone of its fifth issue. This time, the topic is the life and environment in the rear of the belligerents of the Eastern Front of World War I, and in the lands under the occupations by various countries, and the subheading reads World War I in Eastern Europe – Different Experience, Different Memories. Besides the articles of Estonian historians Leho Lõhmus, Igor Kopõtin and Mart Kuldkepp, the same era elsewhere in Europe is covered by Klāvs Zariņš from Latvia, Germans Eberhard Demm and Christoph Mick from France and the UK respectively, and Tamara Scheer from Austria. In addition, the yearbook contains Peeter Kaasik's longer approach to national military units within the Red Army during World War II. Unlike the previous issues, this yearbook also contains three reviews on military history books that were published in Estonia in 2014. Yearbook has been illustrated with numerous photos and two maps.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-807-9
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336 pages

Urban Semiotics: the City as a Cultural-Historical Phenomen
Edited by Igor Pilshchikov

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This collection of essays presents the materials of the Third Annual Juri Lotman Days at Tallinn University in Estonia (3–5 June 2011). The participants discussed the semiotics of urban space from the perspective of the Tartu-Moscow School in comparison with contemporary approaches.

This book consists of four sections. The articles in the first section discuss how “urban texts” function in modern and contemporary Baltic cultures. The papers in the second section focus on the semiotics of place in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and Soviet culture from the perspective of linguistic poetics, cultural semiotics, and new materiality. The last two sections are devoted to the visual perceptions of the cityscape and their ideological interpretations as exemplified by Ukrainian, Estonian, Korean, Chinese, and North American illustrations.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-808-6
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470 pages

Potency: Patterns of Potency I (in Estonian)
Vägi. Väekirjad I

Margus Ott

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Margus Ott’s work Vägi (The Potency) is an original philosophical interpretation of the world, intertwining different traditions of thought and disciplines, and providing new means for pondering our existence and the world in our mother tongue. Central concept in Ott’s philosophy is indeed potency. A certain ontology or transformation doctrine is presented in the book. Following that, overall evolution is discussed, especially the problem of emergence of more complex forms of existence, including human being, i.e. language relationship. The latter has been dwelt on from a societal and individual perspective: how to maintain and raise communal and personal potency. Hence, the manifestations of potency in nature, society and individuals are examined.

Margus Ott defended his doctoral thesis in philosophy at Tallinn University, Estonian Humanitarian Institute, Estonia, in 2014. He has given lectures in Romance languages and culture, philosophy and sinology in different universities. Has rendered Western thinkers into Estonian language: Deleuze (for example, Difference and Repetition), Spinoza (Ethics), Bergson (for example, Matter and Memory) and Jullien (A Treatise on Efficacy) and excerpts from handwritten copies of Chinese philosophers of different eras.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-806-2
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290 pages

I luoghi nostri: Dante’s Natural and Cultural Spaces
Edited by Zygmunt G. Barański, Andreas Kablitz and Ülar Ploom

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This article collection contains a selection of the latest work of internationally renowned Dante-researchers. The collection is centred, above all, on room-related problems in different aspects (late medieval cosmology, Dante’s poetics of room, semiotics and phenomenology, Judaic, Islamic, Christian, Pagan and folk aspects and motives in the representation of room) as well as many other topical issues in contemporary Dantology (Dante’s dialogue with the epic of antiquity, Dante’s intellectual development). Eleven articles and essays include approaches to above issues within a wider context or in-depth analyses of selected cantos.


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ISBN 978-9985-58-804-8
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125 pages

Scientific and philosophical: Selected Works (in Estonian)
Teaduslikku ja filosoofilist. Valitud töid
Albert Einstein
Compiled by Piret Kuusk
Translated from German by Georg Liidja, Kalle Hein and Piret Kuusk
Introductory articles by Raivo Stern and Ivar Piir 

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The collection of Albert Einstein’s writings includes his four pioneering scientific articles from the year 1905 and an insight into theoretical physics from the point of view of philosophy of science in 1936. In introductory articles, Raivo Stern describes Einstein’s position in the modern world and Ivar Piir gives a short overview of Einstein’s biography.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955) is one of the founders of contemporary theoretical physics, laureate of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. His greatest achievements in physics are the special relativity theory (1905) on constant motion, connecting time and space into one spacetime, and general relativity theory connecting accelerating movement with gravitational phenomena (1915–1916).  He has also contributed to the formulation of quantum theory of light (1905) and to atomism where he explained Brownian movement by physical methods (1905).  
The book has been compiled by Piret Kuusk and translated from German by Georg Liidja, Kalle Hein and Piret Kuusk.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-805-5
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533 pages

The Book of Learning by Example (in Estonian)
Usāmah bin Munqidh
Translated from Arab and commented by Üllar Peterson

18.90 €
"The Book of Learning by Example" by Usāma bin Munqidh (1095 - 1188) is one of the most famous medieval Islamic works. Together with the Koran and the "One Thousand and One Nights" stories, it is also one of the most translated books. In simple, joyful and down-to-earth form, the author gives an overview of the 12th century Syrian and Middle Eastern environment, the internal relationships of the Muslims and their interaction with the crusaders, as well as the life and hunting habits of the powerful in the Islamic world at that time. It is at once a historical source and an unconventional autobiography that is special because of the author´s spirit that is free of religious dogmas and his ability to see the "infidel" crusaders also as people - the franks as they were called at that time. There are general humanistic values present in the work, as well as detailed descriptions of everyday life and the humorous way of presentation makes it almost the only medieval Islamic historical source that is also an interesting read for a person who is not involved in Islam or history. At the same time of course, it is an invaluable source of information and an inspiration to everyone interested in medieval Islamic cultural story.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-803-1
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Tales of Moonlight and Rain
Ueda Akinari Translation from classical Japanese with comments and foreword by Rein Raud
12.80 €
Ueda Akinari (1734-1809) is an 18th century scholar, poet and productive writer, best known for his collection of ghost stories “The Tales of Moonlight and Rain” (1776). The collection has remained popular until today and in addition to evident wisdom on the background, this exciting book also proves Akinari´s deep knowledge of people. The reader finds an extensive gallery of different human types, some noble and wise, some foolish and frivolous, just as people everywhere and throughout history are.

“If things are mixed up in the world, people’s minds also become horrible”, says Ueda Akinari. His poetic Japanese narrative takes the reader, as if struck by the full moon, to the meeting grounds of ordinary and supernatural, beautiful and eerie. “There they are – the tales of moonlight and rain,” as poetess Doris Kareva has characterised the text.

The book is rich in illustrations.


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ISBN 978-9985-58-802-4
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463 pages

The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory
Compiled by Paul Wake and Simon Malpas
Translation from English by Marilin Lips

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“The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory”, originally published by Routledge, is an indispensable guide to anyone approaching the field of critical theory for the first time, but also a good addition to those, who are already familiar with the topic. The “theory”, through different areas of research and ideas, encourages us to consider the way we understand and interpret the written word and through which we create meaning of the world.

Piret Viires, professor of Estonian literature and literary theory, has characterised the collection as follows: “The clear and simply worded systematic overview introduces  different fields of critical theory (e.g. structuralism, narratology, poststructuralism, postmodernism, queer-theory and others), its main theorists and concepts. The bulky lexicon of critical theory and recommendations for additional reading are valuable additions to the book.”

Paul Wake, a lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University, has compiled a substantial study of the work of an English novelist Joseph Conrad, and has  also studied the relations of childhood and time on the example of “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne.

Simon Malpas , a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, is  the author of  the books “The Postmodern” and “Jean-François Lyotard”.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-801-7
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230 pages

Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy
Bret Contreras
Translated from English Marina Maran

24,95 €

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Bret Contreras´  book “Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy” teaches how to train strength by exercises where one uses his or her own weight as counterweight – the training equipment that we carry with us all the time and everywhere.

The book includes general principles of bodyweight strength training, exact descriptions of exercises with performance instructions, principles of compiling a balanced exercise plan and example training plans. Anatomical illustrations of exercises help the reader to better understand, control and direct the training effect on complex locomotive apparatus consisting of bones, muscles and tendons as a whole.

Strength training is valuable as a separate type of training in maintaining health and good physical shape, as well as  an important element for training of all sports at all levels and as a means of rehabilitation in recovering from any illness or injury. The book is aimed at a wide variety of people engaged in sports and mobility, trainers, teachers and students of physical education and doctors of general practice.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-800-0
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336 pages

Purity and Danger
Mary Douglas
Forword by Patrick Laviolette
Translated from English by Triinu Pakk

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The treatise “Purity and Danger” analyses how people arrange their world by drawing boundaries. In the book Douglas explains in a lively and graceful prose style and by using colourful examples (from dusting to religious practices) the background of perceiving purity and impurity, the sacred and filthy and the influence such categorization has on our whole understanding of the world.

For whom do we draw the boundaries between what is allowed and what is forbidden? Why do borderline phenomena make us uncomfortable? The patterns, dividing the world into what is allowed and what is forbidden, pass through all levels of the being, becoming apparent both in great narratives and numerous everyday practices.

In 1991  the “Purity and Danger” was listed among the hundred non-fiction books, which have most influenced the Western public discourse since the Second World War, by the Times Literary Supplement.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-799-7
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263 pages

The experience of the not in nihilist thought in the fusion of philosophy and literature
Leo Luks 

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How to utter/write the not? How to say something inexpressively yet profoundly? Leo Luks´ freshly printed work “Nihilism and Literature: The Experience of the not in nihilist thought in the fusion of philosophy and literature” might prove to be a valuable guide in answering these big questions.

In his monograph, Luks deals with these in dialogue with modern philosophy and Estonian literature, mainly by focusing on the creation of Juhan Liiv, Jaan Oks, Jüri Ehlvest and Sven Kivisildnik.

“Leo Luks´ monograph attracts the reader with its defiant attitude and strange forcefulness. The author walks on a high-voltage line, on one side the danger to fall into the captivating swamp of Nietzsche, on the other protective alarm bells of literary scientists and philosophers. The result is eclectic and playful [...],” has Tiina Kirss characterized the text.

Leo Luks (b. 1976) studied philosophy in 1995–2008 at the University of Tartu (Master´s degree in 2002) and in 2008–2010 at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities (Doctoral degree in 2010). His more important research topics are nihilism, phenomenological philosophy and literary philosophy.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-798-0
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302 pages

Essay on the Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies
Marcel Mauss
Foreword by Mary Douglas, afterword by Laur Vallikivi
Translation from French by Anti Saar
Translation of foreword from English by Triinu Pakk

14,60 €

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There are no gifts without ulterior motives. A symbolic part of oneself is given with each gift and something is always expected in return – a gift is a part of the system of reciprocal relationships, where both an honour of the giver and receiver of the gift are at stake. Although giving gifts may be a way of avoiding a war between communities, as well as an attempt to convince the God to make a gift in return, exchanging gifts has always been a guarantee of good relations, as well as  politics and economy have  always been based on the psychology of giving gifts. Giving gifts is an act of solidarity between people, the effects of which reach all structures of the society.

“Essay on the Gift”, a masterpiece of Marcel Mauss, focuses on  exchange activies of the traditional societies of Melanesia, Polynesia and the Pacific Northwest by studying the religions, legal, economic and mythological aspects of giving and receiving gifts.  The study unites ethnology, historical science and sociology and is considered as one of the most significant texts of the 20th century anthropology.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-797-3
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330 pages

Mutual Diffusion in Metal Systems
Ülo Ugaste

14,80 €

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The monograph "Mutual diffusion in metal systems" is mainly dedicated to the problems of experimental studies of mutual diffusion and the acquired results.

The content of the monograph is written in such a way that the reader can easily identify the necessary information. This includes both readers who are interested in the current status of diffusion studies in metal systems, as well as the readers who may be just getting acquainted with the field. The monograph is intended to be a study aid for Master´s and doctoral level students, and researchers involved in material studies, especially in metal studies. 

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ISBN 978-9985-58-796-6
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Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle-Class Life
Orvar Löfgren, Jonas Frykman.
Translated from English by Olavi Teppan


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"Culture Builders" deals with the development of middle-class lifestyle and the values, views and mentalities that evolved at the turn of the 19th century and on into the 20th century – characteristics that seem so natural and obvious today. By differentiating such topics as the understanding of time, home, nature, cleanliness and discipline, the authors show exactly how these ideas developed and where they originated from. This enjoyable and captivating work on everyday life and identity is based on diversified sources ranging from personal memories to cookery and etiquette books.

The authors, Jonas Frykman and Orvar Löfgren, ethnology professors at Lund University, are among the most remarkable cultural researchers. "Culture Builders" is their best-known work. It has remained in the study programmes of many universities for a number of years and attracted broad readership outside the academic world.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-795-9
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215 pages

Patañjali's Yogasūtra
Translated from Sanskrit by Martti Kalda
With comments and an introduction by Inga Põldma and Martti Kalda

11,90 €

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"Yogasūtra", written between the 5th and 2nd century B.C., is one of the most famous texts of Indian and world literary heritage. This piece of work was created during the ground breaking period when numerous flows of thoughts and different religions (e.g. Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism) were born in India. "Yogasūtra", a basic text of yoga philosophy and yoga practice written by Patañjali, is compulsory literature for everyone interested in yoga. This initiated a new ascetic ideology that spread from India and then throughout the world over the centuries and even today, still influences people´s attitude towards their body and soul. "Yogasūtra" is an ancient text that contains wisdom from the past that is still topical today.

The thorough introduction of the translation opens to the reader the most important aspects of the history, the cultural and thought provoking stories of Old India, while at the same time, telling the development story of yoga philosophy and yoga phenomenon from the past until today. The introduction includes everything that is relevant in regard to "Yogasūtra": vedic literature and philosophy of Upanishads, teaching of Buddhism and the ideology of the time. All of the most important stages of yoga history are treated. "Yogasūtra" translation includes the original and has been commented upon very thoroughly.


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ISBN 978-9985-58-794-2
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208 pages

Translation in its Time: Three Case Studies in Estonian Translation
Anne Lange 

13,75 €

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"Estonian culture – like any other culture – is one of translation: a collection of texts that are read in one language and understood in another language. Paradoxically, a translation is often less valued than the original. Is this opinion justified? Furthermore, why should we value and read today, the works of translators who were known in public life in an earlier period of history?

"Translation in its time" seeks answers to these questions by providing an overview of what has been considered to be good quality translation in Estonia over a period of 100 years. Three translated books have been chosen for close reading. These are:  "Paradise Lost. Paradise Regained" 1895); "Lord Jim" (1931); "Pride and Prejudice" (1985) and this time the protagonists of the books are their translators - Timotheos Kuusik, Anton Hansen-Tammsaare and Henno Rajandi. Today, to a large degree, we are still living in an Estonian culture translated by them."


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ISBN 978-9985-58-793-5
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216 pages

Introduction to Visual Studies                                                                                           
Barbara Lange, Gustav Frank
Translated from German by Katrin Kaugver

12,20 €

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Introduction to Visual Studies (Einführung in die Bildwissenschaft)  is an inspiring guide to the development of a discipline, its topics and research problems. Image science is a growing and open field that is still formulating itself. Image science is the study of works of art and other artefacts of the material and visual environment. For example, architecture expressing the idea of a museum; TV images transmitting actual information;  an advertisement poster inviting the individual to consume; or pictures and images as means of acquiring and shaping knowledge — these are all image science studies in both  historical and contemporary social practices. The most specific educational part of the book constitutes an analysis of individual cases that have been applied to different research objects of image science.