The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution

Paperback | June 16, 2014

byGuntis Smidchens

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The Power of Song shows how the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania confronted a military superpower and achieved independence in the Baltic "Singing Revolution." When attacked by Soviet soldiers in public displays of violent force, singing Balts maintained faith in nonviolent political action. More than 110 choral, rock, and folk songs are translated and interpreted in poetic, cultural, and historical context.

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The Power of Song shows how the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania confronted a military superpower and achieved independence in the Baltic "Singing Revolution." When attacked by Soviet soldiers in public displays of violent force, singing Balts maintained faith in nonviolent political action. More than 110 choral, rock, and folk...

Guntis Smidchens is the Kazickas Family Endowed Professor in Baltic Studies in the Scandinavian studies department at the University of Washington.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 16, 2014Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295994525

ISBN - 13:9780295994529

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Three Nonviolent National Cultures

1. Balts Speak to America, July 4, 1998 2. Herder's Discovery of Baltic Songs 3. Three Singing Nations and Their Songs 4. Songs of Warrior Nations 5. Soviet Power versus Power of the Powerless 6. Living within the Truth in Choral Songs 7. Living within the Truth in Rock Songs 8. Living within the Truth in Folk Songs 9. Nonviolent National Singing Traditions

Appendix I: Index and Map of Place Names Appendix II: Chronology Appendix III: Song Annotations and Index Notes Bibliography, Discography, and Filmography Index

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The Power of Song shows how the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania confronted a military superpower and achieved independence in the Baltic "Singing Revolution." When attacked by Soviet soldiers in public displays of violent force, singing Balts maintained faith in nonviolent political action. More than 110 choral, rock, and folk songs are translated and interpreted in poetic, cultural, and historical context.A monumental study addressing a sorely neglected aspect of one of the last century's most dramatic geopolitical upheavals. This book will stand, for years and even decades to come, as the standard, authoritative source on its topic. - Kevin C. Karnes, Emory University