The Singing Revolution

1.) In this revolution, the people from the Baltic States used non-violent methods to express their frustrations. It started in Estonia at summer time on summer 1987, when over 10,000 Estonians gathered in the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds each night and sang national songs of their country which were forbidden by the rules in the Soviet. Why they only sang songs to protest was because in the Baltic States singing was a strong uniting force, after World War II when the Soviet Russians invasion. When the People from Lithuania and Latvia joined forces, around two million people joined their hands together and formed a long human chain which was over 600 kilometers long. This occurred in August 23 1989, called the Baltic way which became the peak of the Singing Revolution. 2.) Not only the Singing Revolution is similar to the People Power Revolution by being a non-violent revolution, there are other parts of the events that are similar. In the People Power Revolution, there was an event where there was army tanks sent to stop the revolution, although it was stopped from the people protesting against the government but without any blood shed. Same in the Singing Revolution, there were tanks sent from Soviet Russia to stop the people of the Baltic States but was also stopped like in the People Power revolution.

3.) The eventual outcome of the Singing revolution was that on 20th August 1991 Estonian politicians declared the nation’s independence even as Soviet tanks were rolling through the countryside to quell the movement. Estonia became better due to the revolution because they became free from Soviet Union.

4.) I believe that this revolution was justified, because the people from the Baltic States had the right to be free. They didn’t have to be conquered by Russia forever, and they have their own pride for their country. They already suffered from World War II when they were first invaded by the Russians. I do not think there are other methods that would have worked to make this revolution better than it already was. Songs already kept the Baltic States united, and because of that in the end it made the success to the Singing Revolution.

5.) The Singing Revolution doesn’t follow Crane Brinton’s Stages of Revolution because in Symptoms it says the middle class loudly expresses its anger but in the Singing Revolution, they were more of a peace-loving people. In the Rising Fever, it says that the uprising culminates in a climatic battle, and the moderates, or political center then forms a new government but there weren’t any climatic battles and no new government was formed in the Singing Revolution. In Crisis, it says that there is a lot of violence and the revolution is fragile but the Singing revolution was a bloodless and peaceful revolution and it wasn’t fragile because nearly 300,000 of people had joined and supported it. Lastly, in Convalescence, it says that the moderates are generally granted amnesty while the radicals are punished but in the Singing Revolution, there weren’t any moderates and radicals.




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"Singing Revolution." Wikipedia. 28 Jan 2008 .  

 "The Sound of Freedom...." Estonian Singing Revolution/ Tallinn Life . 28 Jan 2008 .

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  • modernrevolutionsa

    Dawoon Park, Block A, Feb 11 2008

    1) The Singing Revolution

    2) Estonians wanted their freedom from Soviet Union, so during summer thousands of Estonians gathered in song festival to express their frustrations by non-violent, unique way, by singing forbidden national song. Singing meant a lot to Estonians, since it gave them strong uniting force after WWII.

    3) As a result, eventually, Estonian government declared independence so the country was finally freed from Soviet Union.

    4) Your podcast was well-made. Your voices were very loud and clear, I could easily understand, and the podcast well-explained thorough background of your revolution. The background music was well chosen, but it could have been much better and realistic if some of the sound effects were added and you added some enthusiasm to your voice. But overall, I enjoyed listening to your podcast. Good job!!

    5) The similarity between The Singing Revolution and Saffron Revolution is that in both of the revolutions, none of the protesters used violence to express their anger. However, when military forces used violence and killed Burmese to quell the rally, no protesters were injured in Singing Revolution.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm
  • Asuka Heltmann

    Asuka Heltmann Block A Feb 11th 2008

    1) The Singing Revolution

    2) The singing revolution was caused by unhappiness from the Estonians who wanted independence from the Soviet Union. This happened through singing the national song of their country which was illgeal in the Soviet Union. Through singing, the Estonians united after WWII.

    3) The result of this was that the Estonians were independent, away from the Soviet Union. The revolution was successful.

    4) This podcast was maybe not as exciting as other podcasts, but definitely more coherent and audible that other podcasts. The classical music was a great idea, although more creativity could have been used in this podcast.

    5) Both of our revolutions were non violent and were successes. Both of the people who were mad at the government here were not looking for trouble, just looking for their own rights and such.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 9:12 pm
  • Christian Huang Block A February 11, 2008

    1. Singing Revolution

    2. The Estonians wanted freedom from the Soviet Union and used a unique non-violent way to express their frustrations. They sang the forbidden national song. They sang because after WWII it was the only way that united them together.

    3. Eventually after their actions. The Estonian government declared independence from the Soviet Union.

    4. Your Podcast had loud and clear voices in them which made it easy to understand the topic easily. The intro music was a good touch. I suggest placing some background music possibly the national song would be good

    5. The differences between the Singing Revolution and the Sharpeville Revolution is that in the Singing Revolution is non-violent and no one died. In the Sharpeville Revolution several people were hurt and killed.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm
  • Hong Kai Tan, Block A, 11 feb 2008

    1. singing revolution

    2. the stonians wanted to free themselves from the Soviet rule. they sang songs that were forbidden by the Soviets. through their voices they were united after WW2.

    3. the results were that the Estonians were able to find independence from the soviets.

    4. the podcast was good, you guys had loud and clear voices which made it very easy to understand, the starting music was also a good one. it could have been better with some background music which will make it more realistic.

    5. this revolution was different from the tiananmen sqaure revolution because this was a non-violence one, while the tiananmen sqaure revolution had alot of violence involved.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm
  • modernrevolutionsa

    Hyung Don Um Block A

    1) The singing revolutions

    2) Citizens wanted freedom from Soviet, by singing forbidden songs in Soviet, and thorugh singing, they united after the WW2.

    3) They made their will into action, and the Estonian government declared independence from Soviet.

    4) The voice was clear, i could hear both of them speaking taking turns, and the background music matche the title of this revoulution, Singing Revolutions, making it feel realistic.

    5) This was similar with ours, EDSA Revolution, because both in EDSA and Singing Revolutions, no violence occured during the revoulutions.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:17 am
  • modernrevolutionsa

    Claudia Willnow Block E:

    1.) The singing revolution

    2.) The causes were that the citezens were unhappy, and wanted freedom from the Soviet.

    3.) The result was that they all gathered together and formed a 600 km. chain of people, and they all sang songs with each other, and in the end the Estonian government was independent from the Soviet.

    4.) Your podcast had good music at the begging and the end. I don’t believe i heard any sound effects if I do recall. But the all the info you stated could be found in your post as well, which is a good thing. I don’t think i felt like i was really there, I feel as like it was an overcast of what happened a year after. But overall, I think you’re podcast went well.

    5.) This revolution is similar to the EDSA dos revolution because they both had protesters come together and preformed acts of nonviolence. They are also the same because both people of each country got what they wanted. For example, the people of the Philippines kicked out Estrada, and the people from Estonia freed themselves from the Soviet.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm
  • modernrevolutionsa

    Sophie Saguil Block H

    1) The singing revolution was caused by the Estonians of Baltic States who were unhappy with their situation and wanted freedom from the Soviet Union. They used a non violent way of getting their point across by joining hands and singing for their freedom.

    2) The result of this revolution was a success and the Estonians declared their independence from the Soviet Union.

    3) I thought this podcast was pretty good. I liked the music you picked because even though ive never heard music from Estonia, it fit well with your country. Sound effects or music playing while you were speaking(unless there were actually some i could not hear) would have made this seem more realistic and effective. This podcast was very informative and your speaking voices were good and clear.

    4) The revolution was similar to the 2001 EDSA because the end result wa wha they wanted, the Philippines got Estrada out of office while the Estonians won their freedom. Both revolutions used non violent methods of protesting in large groups.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm
  • Justine Pelayo

    Singing Revolution

    1. Russians invaded Estonia after World War II, which caused Estonians to be unhappy. They wanted to gain the country’s freedom back, and did this by singing their national anthem while joining hands. It was illegal to sing the anthem, since they were in possession of the Soviet Union.

    2. The revolution obviously worked, and the Estonians declared independence from the Russians.

    3. The podcast was very informative. There were good points made in the podcast. Although the consistency of the volume of the voices were not all throughout the same, the music was really good, and very appropriate for the Singing Revolution.

    4. It’s just a bit the same, because the blacks also united as one and protested (but not through singing) against the former government.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm
  • Nathan Huehne / Block: A

    1) The singing revolution

    2) Was caused by the Estonians unhappy with their situation and wanted freedom from the Soviet Union. The Estonians used a non violent ways to get their point across.

    2) The result of this revolution was a success. The result was that they all gathered together and all sang and mingled together. Estonian government was now independent from the Soviet.

    3) This podcast could have been better. You could have done better by adding in some sound effects to make us feel as though we were actually there or put background music. However I felt as though the classical music was a great idea, more creativity could have been used in this podcast.

    4) This revolution was different from the Cuban revolution because this was a non-violence one, while the Cuban revolution had a lot of violence involved.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:36 pm
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