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- DescriptionIn the autumn of 1944, around 70,000 people fled Estonia in the face of the Red Army advance. Most of them believed the Soviet occupation would be short-lived and they would soon be able to return home, so many of them hid the most valuable of their belongings they were unable to carry, burying them in 'safe' places. Until Stalin's death in 1953, Estonians continued to bury objects to hide them, w for fear of deportation to Siberia. In Hoarding memories, the archaeologist Mats Burstrom tells the stories of some of these hoards: the ones that remain buried, the ones that vanished, and the ones that were recovered and have found a place in new contexts. Their sheer variety brings together all levels of history, from personal memories to high politics, and reflects how events on the world stage can shape the fate of individual families, even across several generations. Yet most of all, as a groundbreaking work of contemporary archaeology, it is concerned with what objects mean to us, and our gift for remembering.
- Author BiographyMats Burstrom is a professor of archaeology at Stockholm University and the author of World Crisis in Ruin. He conducts international fieldwork in the area of cultural heritage management, and has been instrumental in establishing the archaeology of the recent past as a field of research in Scandinavia.
- Author(s)Mats Burstrom
- PublisherNordic Academic Press
- Date of Publication12/03/2012
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationLund
- Country of PublicationSweden
- ImprintNordic Academic Press
- Content Notecolour illus
- Weight388 g
- Width147 mm
- Height221 mm
- Spine15 mm
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