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Markku Kangaspuro is a professor and director of research at the Aleksanteri Institute, the Research Centre of Russia and Eastern Europe, University of Helsinki. His expertise covers political history, especially the former Soviet Union; the political development of Russia; identities and nationalism; and modernization and development problems. His recent publications include Perestroika: Processes and Consequences (edited with Jouko Nikula and Ivor Stodolsky) (Finnish Literature Society, 2010); Modernisation in Russia since 1900 (edited with Jeremy Smith) (Finnish Literature Society, 2006); and “The Victory Day in History Politics” in Between Utopia and Apocalypse: Essays on Social Theory and Russia (Kikimora Publications, 2011). Kangaspuro's current research project, Memory at War, with five European universities, focuses on the memory politics of the Second World War and political use of history. He is also the editor-in-chief of Idäntutkimus—The Finnish Review of East European Studies.
Samira Saramo is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at York University and a contract lecturer at Lakehead University. Saramo's dissertation builds a social history of Finnish North Americans in Soviet Karelia through the use of personal letter collections, with a focus on narrative and identity constructions. Saramo has published and presented on Finnish socialist women in Canada, Finnish Canadians and Bolshevization, the letters of Finns in North America and Soviet Karelia.
Markku Kangaspuro, Samira Saramo; Introduction. Journal of Finnish Studies 1 November 2011; 15 (1-2): 5–15. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/28315081.15.1.2.03
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