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Remembering Karelia: A Family's Story of Displacement during and after the Finnish Wars

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Remembering Karelia

A Family's Story of Displacement during and after the Finnish Wars

Karen Armstrong

240 pages, 2 maps, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-650-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2004)

eISBN 978-1-78920-363-9 eBook

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In June 1944, after two wars with the Soviet Union, the Finnish region of Karelia was ceded to the Soviet Union. As a result, the Finnish population of Karelia, nearly 11% of the Finnish population, was moved across the new border. The war years, the loss of territory, the resettlement of the Karelian population, and the reparations that had to be paid to the Allied Forces, were experiences shared by most people living in Finland between 1939 and the late 1950s. Using a family's memoirs, the author shows how these traumatic events affected people in all spheres of their lives and also how they coped physically and emotionally.

Karen Armstrong (1946-2014) was a Professor of Social Anthropology at Helsinki University.

Subject: Anthropology (General)History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Northern Europe


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