Manhood and the Making of the Military: Conscription, Military Service and Masculinity in Finland, 1917-39

Anders Ahlbäck

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    The creation of Finland's national conscription army in the wake of its independence from Russia in 1917 aroused intense but conflicting emotions. This book examines the struggles of a new army to find popular acceptance and support, and explores the ways that images of manhood were used in the controversies. Ahlbäck places the situation of interwar Finland within a broad European context to reveal the conflicts surrounding compulsory military service and the impact of the Great War on masculinities and constructions of gender.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    ISBN (Electronic)9781472407481
    ISBN (Print)9781409457497
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeC1 Separate scientific books


    • masculinity
    • military service
    • conscription
    • military training
    • active citizenship
    • civic education
    • hero myths
    • memory
    • war commemoration
    • homosociality
    • male body
    • counter-images
    • comradeship
    • experience
    • narratives

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