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NEW BOOK: Labouring Finns

NEW BOOK on Finnish North Americans

Michel S. Beaulieu, Ronald N. Harpelle & Jaimi Penney (editors):

LABOURING FINNS -Transnational Politics in Finland, Canada, and the United States

Publisher: Institute of Migration (Series: Migration Studies C 20) - 196 pages

One of the most interesting chapters in the twentieth century history of the Finnish working class is the role these labouring men and women played in shaping the political and social culture of the communities they were a part of. The working class in Finland and their Finnish counterparts in Canada and the United States made a difference wherever they went. Significantly, la­bouring Finns maintained strong ties between Finland and the communities they established in North America, and these were ties that bound them together in a fight for justice that had its roots in the turmoil of Finland’s long struggle for freedom.

As the contributors to this volume demonstrate, Finnish workers in Finland and North America contributed significantly to the development of socialism in the political arenas they found themselves in. In North America, the influence of Finns in the political process added an ethnic dimension to the ever-changing nature and character of socialism. As a consequence, underneath the class conflict of the early twentieth century in North America was a more pronounced interclass struggle characterized by ethnic differences rather than material inter­ests. Labouring Finns is a book about the role Finns played in these struggles at home and abroad.
  • Price: 20 € + mailing
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Labouring Finns Book C20

Table of Contents


  • The Finnish Workers’ Experience at Home and Abroad in Historical Perspective (Michel S. Beaulieu, Ronald N. Harpelle & Jaimi Penney)
  • 1 Between autocracy and revolution: Formation of Finnish nation state, 1890–1926 (Aapo Kähönen)
  • 2 Transnational socialist imagination: The connections between Finnish socialists in the USA and Finland at the turn of the 20th century (Ralf Kauranen & Mikko Pollari)
  • 3 American impact on Finnish communism in the 1920s (Tauno Saarela)
  • 4 Finnish in the Communist Party in the Upper Mid-Western United States (William C. Pratt)
  • 5 Forging a Unique Solidarity: Finnish Immigrant Socialists and the Early 20th Century Socialist Party of America (Gary Kaunonen)
  • 6 Tanner, Pasanen, and Laukki: Emissaries of Labour Reform and Ethnic Integration (Paul Lubotina)
  • 7 A. B. Mäkelä as a Political Commentator in Early  Twentieth Century Canada (J. Donald Wilson)
  • 8 “A socialist movement which does not attract the women cannot live”: Finnish Socialist Women in Port Arthur, 1903–1933 (Samira Saramo)
  • 9 Between Minnesota Rock and a Hard Place – Matt Halberg as an Example of Southern Ostrobothnian Immigration to the United States (Tuomas Savonen)
  • 10 Conclusion
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19 Jan 2012

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