Finnish Russophobia: The Story of an Enemy Image

  title={Finnish Russophobia: The Story of an Enemy Image},
  author={Heikki Luostarinen},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={123 - 137}
Using Finnish images of the Soviet Union as an example, the processes in which enemy images emerge and are dissolved are discussed. Special attention is given to factors which strengthen enemy images independently of a real external threat, for reasons arising from within the group. The preconditions for the enemy image of the Soviet Union that developed in the so-called First Finnish Republic (1918-44) were for the most part created after 1899 with the onset of a Russianization policy. The… 
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