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By Alexey Golubev,Irina Takala

ISBN-10: 1611861152

ISBN-13: 9781611861150

In the Thirties, millions of Finns emigrated from their groups within the usa and Canada to Soviet Karelia, a sector within the Soviet Union the place Finnish Communist émigrés have been construction a society to enforce their beliefs of socialist Finland. To their new socialist domestic, those immigrants introduced seriously wanted talents, instruments, machines, and cash. informed and expert, American and Canadian Finns have been looked by way of Soviet professionals as brokers of innovative modifications who wouldn't simply modernize the financial system of Soviet Karelia, but additionally enlighten its society. North American immigrants, certainly, grew to become lively members of socialist colonization of what Bolshevik leaders perceived as darkish, uneducated and backward Soviet ethnic outer edge. The look for a Socialist El Dorado is the 1st accomplished account in English of this attention-grabbing tale. utilizing an enormous physique of documentary assets from records in Petrozavodsk and Moscow, Russian- and Finnish-language press and literature from the Nineteen Thirties, oral heritage interviews and secondary literature, Alexey Golubev and Irina Takala discover extensive the “Karelian fever” between Finnish american citizens and Canadians, and the lives of immigrants within the Soviet Union, their contribution to Soviet economic climate and tradition, and their fates within the nice Terror.

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