Cultures of the World (Third Edition) ®
Reading Level: 5
Interest Level: 5-8
Estonia is known as the "singing nation" because its people sang their way to freedom. In 1991, masses of singing protesters secured this small Baltic nation's independence from the Soviet Union. For nearly a thousand years, Estonia was occupied by foreign powers, traded back and forth by its more powerful neighbors of Germany, Sweden, and Russia. In the nearly thirty years since its independence from the Soviet Union, Estonia has become an international leader in digital technology while continuing to grow its powerful musical traditions. Readers explore Estonia's history of courage, defiance, and imagination in this book, which features vibrant images, intriguing quotes, and surprising sidebars.