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On the shock of civil war: cultural trauma and national identity in Finland and Ireland

Kissane, Bill (2019) On the shock of civil war: cultural trauma and national identity in Finland and Ireland. Nations and Nationalism. ISSN 1354-5078 (In Press)

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Abstract

Civil war divides the nation. Those who pose the question of how society recovers afterwards consider the challenges as those of reconstruction and reconciliation. There is less work on the role of national identity in these processes. Is re-integration of the losers possible on the basis of an existing national identity, or does a new identity have to be found? If the former, what has to change to make that original identity more inclusive of both sides? Much depends on narratives of conflict. I explain why the Finnish civil war of 1918 has become a unifying ‘cultural trauma’ for the Finns, whereas the Irish civil war of 1922-23 never became the dominant referent in terms of national identity. The difference is explained by the greater shock civil war posed to Finnish national identity

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 15:06
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100060

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