The coloniser and the colonised : Estonia in a process of transition : An inquiry to what extent the Estonian government is able to diminish the colonial structures that have been institutionalised in the Soviet era
This master thesis is researching to what extent the Estonian government is able to diminish the still existing Soviet structures that are present in the country. These structures are everywhere in the Estonian society. Place names, language, symbols, migrants, economic dependency are all expressions of these structures. After the restoration of Estonian independence in 1991, the Estonian government has made a ‘restorational policy’. This means that the aim is to create an Estonian society that mirrors the Estonian society of before the Soviet occupation as much as possible. The focus will be on to what extent the Estonian government is able to diminish these structures by using the border, identity and territory as a tool. The policy of post colonial making of the Estonian government can be hampered by multiple actors however, such as the Russian government, the European Union (EU) or the Russian minority in Estonia. The aim of this of this master thesis is to get new a new holistic and integral insight to what extent the government of Estonia is able to lose these colonial structures, in order to analyse to what extent the Estonian government is able to implement this policy. In order to be able to reach this aim a main research question has been formulated: Main question: To what extent is Estonia capable of becoming more independent in social, political, cultural and economic realms from its former coloniser, the Soviet Union (now Russia), by erasing, influencing or altering the structures that have been laid in the colonial Soviet era (1944-1991) by exploiting their national border?
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