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Hakosalo H. (2021) The Ill(s) of the Nation: The Experience of Tuberculosis in Finland from the 1920s to the 1970s. In: Kivimäki V., Suodenjoki S., Vahtikari T. (eds) Lived Nation as the History of Experiences and Emotions in Finland, 1800-2000. Palgrave Studies in the History of Experience. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

The Ill(s) of the nation : the experience of tuberculosis in Finland from the 1920s to the 1970s

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Author: Hakosalo, Heini1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-03-23


Heini Hakosalo makes use of an extensive collection of written, unpublished tuberculosis-related illness narratives to analyze the experience of tuberculosis and tuberculosis sanatoria “from below” within the context of twentieth-century Finland. Hakosalo argues that by linking their personal illness histories to national history, the authors could give a sense of purpose and meaning to their personal losses and suffering. At the same time, their testimonies stood as a contribution, however modest, to the national knowledge-community. She distinguishes three narrative strands that allowed the authors to assimilate their personal illness with the collective ills of the nation: histories of tuberculosis as stories of progress, stories of war, and stories of belonging.

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Series: Palgrave studies in the history of experience
ISSN: 2524-8960
ISSN-E: 2524-8979
ISSN-L: 2524-8960
ISBN: 978-3-030-69882-9
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-69881-2
Pages: 241 - 266
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-69882-9_10
Host publication: Lived Nation as the History of Experiences and Emotions in Finland, 1800–2000
Host publication editor: Kivimäki, Ville
Suodenjoki, Sami
Vahtikari, Tanja
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
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