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Finnish History Writing Through Japanese Eyes : Presentation and Reception of Shifting Interpretations of the Finnish Participation in WWII

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dc.title Finnish History Writing Through Japanese Eyes : Presentation and Reception of Shifting Interpretations of the Finnish Participation in WWII en
ethesis.discipline.URI none
ethesis.faculty Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Social Sciences en
ethesis.faculty Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty.URI Helsingin yliopisto fi University of Helsinki en Helsingfors universitet sv
dct.creator Yamazaki, Wataru
dct.issued 2019
dct.language.ISO639-2 eng
dct.abstract The legacies of WWI often have central position in shaping national memory and in many occasions create national myth that shapes historical understanding in certain ways. The issues often trigger heated debate on how to interpret history in national and transnational context. Such is true for Finland. The history of the historiography of Finnish participation in WWII is a process of national interpretations being challenged from outside, notably researchers from Anglophone regions. The debate surrounding such challenges made from external perspectives are still topic of debate in the current context and calls for deconstructing the national myth to incorporate national history into European context are made. While the details of the Anglophone challenges are found in previous literature, how other researchers outside of Finland explained Finnish history of WWII are not well documented. To expand the landscape of the Finnish history research in other regions, this research will focus on the history writing of Japanese historians on Finnish WWII history. The literature that will be analysed are those published in Japan between 1951 and 2017, which includes works aimed at academic and public audience. Analysis will be made using conceptual history approach to understand the text “as they were written” through comparing them with the context within which it was written. The context includes both historiography of the Finnish WWII in available literature in English by Finnish and Anglophone authors, as well as Japanese sociopolitical and historiographical context of seiyōshi (Western History). Through the analysis, several findings were identified. Key findings include the shift in the nomenclature of the wars from wartime names, Soviet Finnish War, to translation of Finnish names, shift in the “problem space” of the Finnish history in Japanese literature, both of which originates to the clarification of the niche by the contributions from early historians. Another feature was relatively quick presentation and acceptance of Anglophone interpretations regarding the origins of the wars, though with variations between historians. This is most likely due to external perspective they share with those from Anglophone regions. The central finding of this research was the very strong emphasis on the small state in virtually all Japanese literature. While the notions appear in Finnish and Anglophone literature, the genre trope of the Western History research resonates strongly in the literature, especially the notions to “learn from the Occident”. en
dct.subject Finnish history
dct.subject Conceptual History
dct.subject Japanese history
dct.subject history writing
dct.subject Finland
dct.subject Japan
dct.subject Winter War
dct.subject Continuation War
dct.subject World War Two
dct.subject WWII
dct.language en
ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.supervisor Stadius, Peter
ethesis.supervisor Gasche, Malte
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
ethesis.thesistype master's thesis en
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.ethesis E-thesisID:1b0f7d85-23a7-4220-b4d3-f0fa8d800551
dct.subject.YSOFI historiankirjoitus und
dct.subject.YSOFI historiantutkimus und
dct.subject.YSOFI historiapolitiikka und
dct.subject.YSOFI talvisota und
dct.subject.YSOFI jatkosota und
dct.subject.YSOFI kylmä sota und
dct.subject.YSOFI toinen maailmansota und
ethesis-internal.timestamp.reviewStep 2019-05-15 17:02:43:675
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201906132797
dc.type.dcmitype Text
ethesis.facultystudyline Samhällsvetenskaper fi
ethesis.facultystudyline Social Sciences en
ethesis.facultystudyline Samhällsvetenskaper sv
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Nyky-yhteiskunnan tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma fi
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Master's Programme in (European and Nordic Studies) en
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Magisterprogrammet i moderna samhällen sv

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