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Remembering the civil war: from hatred to conciliation
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1776-3712
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 2018, it is hundred years since the Finnish Civil War, which ended in May 16 with the White Army’s victory parade at Senate Square in Helsinki. Nation is an imagined and commemorative community (Anderson 1993), and journalism functions as a social storyteller (Kitsch 2007, 2008; Zelizer 2008). Therefore, it’s interesting to study how the war was remembered in military magazines Suomen Sotilas, and Suojeluskuntalaisen lehti, founded soon after the war. Suomen Sotilas still exists, whereas Suojeluskuntalaisen lehti, later called Hakkapeliitta, was closed down in 1945. The material consists of articles published in both magazines in 1918-1919, and in Suomen Sotilas in 2018.  After the war the White Army was reorganized into the regular army, and the voluntary auxiliary defence organisations Suojeluskunnat and Lotta Svärd. Lottas used the military magazines until Lotta Svärd magazine was founded in 1928. Siironen (2012) sees these organizations as White Finland’s most important organizational core. In 1918-1919, stories written by/of women are few, and they contain hardly any references to the enemy (Ellefson 2016). Topics in male authors’ texts are similar in 1918 & 2018, but the framing changes from open hatred to understanding – but not necessarily accepting - the Red’s side of the story.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
media history, mediated memories, civil war, Finland
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158545OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158545DiVA, id: diva2:1313019
Conference
Third Annual Memory Studies Association Conference
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Conference to be held June 25-28th, 2019, Madrid, Spain

Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-06-18

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