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Martin Jaigma

Function: Researcher

martin.jpgMartin Jaigma is a research fellow at the Peace Institute. In 1999 he graduated from the Department of History at the University of Tartu, Estonia. His graduate thesis was "Jews in the Legal Texts of Spain and Germany in the 13th Century: Sachsenspiegel and Siete Partidas"). In 2002 Martin Jaigma defended his Master thesis "Schooling of Estonian Social Elite During Interwar Period: Jewish and Estonian Students at Tartu University" at the Department of History (Jewish Studies track) at Central European University in Budapest. In 2006 he defended his doctoral thesis "Social Mobility of Estonian and Slovenian Jewish Communities in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries - a Comparative Study"  at the Department of Anthropology of Everyday Life in Ljubljana Graduate School of Humanities.
Martin Jaigma has worked before in Estonian History Museum (1998-2000) and Estonian Historical Archives (2000-2004).
Research themes:
History of Eastern and Central European Jewish communities, History of Europe during the Middle Ages and Modern Era.
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Tel.: +386 1 234 7720
  •  Rothschild Foundation Europe. Post-doctoral fellowship 2010-2011. "Measuring injustice: restitution policies and minor Jewish communities in South Eastern Europe".
  • "Implementing the idea of cultural autonomy — Simon Dubnow and Estonian pre-World War II Jewish community". In Pinkas. Culture and History of East European Jewry. Vol. III. Vilnius 2010: Centre for Studies of the Culture and History of East European Jews.
  • Making of Jewish Intelligentsia. Educated Jewish Elites of Estonia and Slovenia before World War II. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. 2009.
  • If thou lackest knowledge, what hast thou acquired? Social mobility of Slovenian and Estonian Jewish communities in the late 19th and20thcenturies - a comparative study. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za podiplomski humanistični študij. 2008.
  • The Social Mobility of Estonian Jewish Intelligentsia Between the Two World Wars: Jewish Students at Tartu University” (Socialna mobilnost estonskih židovskih intelektualcev med obema svetovnima vojnama: židovski študentje na univerzi v Tartuju). In Monitor ISH, VII/1 2005. Revija za humanistične in družebne vede. Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities. Ljubljana 2005.
  • Kristlaste kujutluspilt juutidest keskajal” (Christians’ perception of Jews during the Middle Ages) in Acta et Commentationes Archivi Historici Estoniae, 7 (14) 2000. Tartu 2000.