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Leinonen, Johanna. “Finnish Utopian Communities, Historiographies, and Shapes of Settler Colonialism.” In Finnish Settler Colonialism in North America: Rethinking Finnish Experiences in Transnational Spaces, edited by Rani-Henrik Andersson and Janne Lahti, 103–128. AHEAD: Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 2022. DOI:

Finnish utopian communities, historiographies, and shapes of settler colonialism

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Author: Leinonen, Johanna
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Helsinki University Press, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-17


The goal of this chapter is to critically examine historical scholarship dealing with the histories of migration from Finland. In particular, the chapter looks at those studies that discuss migrant communities labeled as “utopian” by Finnish scholars. Through a close reading of several historical studies on Finnish migration, the chapter demonstrates how the absence of a critical perspective on utopian settlements contributes to the idea of Finland as an “outsider” in the histories of colonialism.

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Series: AHEAD
ISSN: 2737-2812
ISSN-E: 2737-2812
ISSN-L: 2737-2812
ISBN: 978-952-369-081-3
ISBN Print: 978-952-369-079-0
Issue: 2
Pages: 103 - 128
Host publication: Finnish Settler Colonialism in North America : Rethinking Finnish Experiences in Transnational Spaces
Host publication editor: Andersson, R.
Lahti, J.
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2022. This chapter distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 license. Copyright is retained by the author(s).