Generations of Finnish Communism

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2012 Number 4

Generations of Finnish Communism
KIMMO RENTOLA pages 159-180


The article deals with the issue of generations in Finnish communism, which was the third-strongest communist movement in western Europe after the Second World War. The theoretical point of departure is Karl Mannheim’s classic study and its recent interpretations and applications. On the basis of the identification of key periods when a major political break or change in the Zeitgeist occurred, and significant young forces emerged or joined the party ranks, eight generational cohorts are discerned –from the November socialists of 1905 to the New Left of 1968. The characteristic traits of each generation are discussed, their time and themes of arrival, years of birth, leading personalities and key sub-groups, main forums of activities, their heroes and villains. The findings are presented in a schematic table.

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KIMMO RENTOLA (2012) Generations of Finnish Communism, Twentieth Century Communism, 2012(4), 159-180

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