Campaigning between East and West: Finland and the Cold War in the presidential campaign films of Urho Kekkonen

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This article examines political campaign films from the point of view of propaganda to explore how this idea fits into the context of a democratic Nordic nation. During the Cold War, Finland was governed by Urho Kekkonen as President for 25 years (1956–81). The authors look at Kekkonen’s campaign films to see how his public image was meticulously planned and systematically shaped to create an almost mythical figure. The political and media context in which these films were presented is also analysed to understand how Eastern and Western influences affected the content and style of persuasion in the films. As a result, they find a bricolage of propagandistic influences from both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Translated title of the contributionVaalikampanjointia idän ja lännen välillä: Suomi ja kylmä sota Urho Kekkosen presidentinvaalien vaalifilmeissä
Original languageEnglish
JournalCold War History
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Cold War
  • Finland
  • Urho Kekkonen
  • campaigning
  • presidential election
  • propaganda
  • 5171 Political Science
  • 5172 Global Politics

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