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Koponen, Tuuli; Seitsonen, Oula; Koskinen-Koivisto, Eerika (2018) "Das ist Suomi" : Photographic representation of Finland for a German audience during the Second World War. Ennen ja nyt 2018/4, 30

“Das ist Suomi” : photographic representation of Finland for a German audience during the Second World War

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Author: Matila (née Koponen), Tuuli1; Seitsonen, Oula2; Koskinen-Koivisto, Eerika3
Organizations: 1Archaeology, University of Oulu
2Archaeology, University of Helsinki
3Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Historiallinen yhdistys, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-01-04


In this article we examine a popularly-oriented Finnish wartime photographic book, Suomi kuvina. Das ist Suomi. Finnland in Bild und Wort, from 1943, which introduced Finland — its landscapes, culture and people — for a German target audience. We analyze the choices of images and captions and explore how the familiar visual tendencies were both changed and maintained during the war, for instance, through the representation of landscapes and gender. Although the book appears to be a coherent description of an idealized nation, a minute detail in one photograph reveals underlying tensions that challenge the discourse of a nation unified by war.

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Series: Ennen ja nyt. Historian tietosanomat
ISSN: 1458-1396
ISSN-E: 1458-1396
ISSN-L: 1458-1396
Volume: 4
Article number: 30
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Copyright information: © The Authors. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).