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By Alexey Golubev,Irina Takala

In the Thirties, millions of Finns emigrated from their groups within the usa and Canada to Soviet Karelia, a zone 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 abilities, instruments, machines, and cash. proficient and expert, American and Canadian Finns have been appeared by means of Soviet gurus as brokers of progressive modifications who wouldn't in basic terms modernize the economic system of Soviet Karelia, but additionally enlighten its society. North American immigrants, certainly, grew to become energetic individuals 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 complete account in English of this interesting tale. utilizing an enormous physique of documentary resources from information in Petrozavodsk and Moscow, Russian- and Finnish-language press and literature from the Nineteen Thirties, oral historical past interviews and secondary literature, Alexey Golubev and Irina Takala discover intensive 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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