Eastern Karelia between Two Geo-cultural Projects: Great Finland and Great Russia

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My paper is devoted to the description and analysis of two opposing geo-cultural projects, focusing on a compact ethnic group of Russian Karelians, living in the the north-western region of Russia, close to the border with Finland. On the one hand, it was a project of a Greater Finland, according to which Russian Karelia was the "irredenta” of Greater Finland. On the other hand, it was developed in the bowels of the pro-government nationalist circles ideological concept, which creators wanted to demonstrate that the Karelians were eager to become a part of the "Greater Russian nation", to join the family of the Orthodox Slavonic peoples on the same terms as the Ukrainians and Belorussians. The report examines the system of argumentation of both projects and tools for their implementation in the pre- and post-revolutionary period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 2015 ASEEES (the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) Annual Convention : Eastern Karelia Between Two Geo-cultural Projects: “Great Finland” and “Great Russia”
Number of pages17
PublisherAssociation for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Publication date4 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2015
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventASEEES Convention - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 19 Nov 201522 Nov 2015
Conference number: 47

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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