Finnish Guard in the Balkans

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Laitila, Teuvo
The Finnish Guard in the Balkans. Heroism, Imperial Loyalty and Finnishness in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878 as Recollected in the Memoirs of Finnish Guardsmen
Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae. Humaniora 324
Saarijärvi 2003, 451 pp.
The Finnish Guard in the Balkans, 1877–1878 links together a Russo-Turkish war and the Balkans, the not unambiguous loyalty of Finns to their then master, the Russian emperor, and the growing Finnish nationalism. The work shows how the latter two affected the interpretation of the first, with the effect that officers and the more educated NCOs saw the war as a civilisation-project of the "barbarian" enemy and despised all Turkish in favour of pre-Ottoman antiquity, while rankers felt satisfaction of a well-done job, but, newertheless, grundged against the hardships they had to endure.
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ISBN 951-41-0923-6
ISSN 1239-6982
Publisher Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia
Series Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae. Humaniora
Published (year) 2003
Cover Softcover
Type of Binding Softcover binding
Languages english
Disciplines History, Military History, Military Science
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