Postwar studies

Director: Professor Pertti Ahonen

This multidisciplinary group of historians and ethnologists explores the short- and long-term consequences of wars and other conflicts, particularly transitions between conditions of war and peace. We adopt a broad analytical perspective that stretches from political and societal structures to issues of culture and remembrance. Much of the work focuses on the twentieth century in general and the periods of the two world wars and the Cold War in particular, but we also compare and analyze postwar experiences in a long-term perspective, stretching from the early modern to the modern and contemporary periods.  A further area of interest is the ending of postwar situations; when and how do the after-effects of armed conflicts begin to fade away and be replaced by other problems.


Research projects:

The history of post-World War II Europe on a thematic, transnational level. Leader: Pertti Ahonen

The history of modern Berlin from the early 19th century to the present. Leader: Pertti Ahonen.

Supra- and Transnational Foreign Policy versus National Parliamentary Government, 1914–2014, (Academy of Finland) Leader: Pasi Ihalainen

Asserting Independence in the Post-Colonial Sea: Non-Alignment, Russia and the West in the Mediterranean (Academy of Finland). Leader: Rinna Kullaa.

Soviet transnational networks (Academy of Finland). Leader: Simo Mikkonen.

Finnish-Soviet transnational networks. Leader: Simo Mikkonen

Changes in Permanence: The Rhetoric of the Finnish Lutheran Church in the Cold War. Leader: Jouni Tilli.





Research Fellows:

  • Holmila, Antero
  • Hytönen, Kirsi-Maria
  • Häkkinen, Teemu
  • Kullaa, Rinna
  • Mikkonen, Simo
  • Pajari, Ilona
  • Roiko-Jokela, Heikki
  • Sarkamo, Ville
  • Tilli, Jouni


Doctoral students:

  • Häkkinen, Ville
  • Kaarkoski, Miina
  • Kokko, Jani
  • Laine-Frigren, Tuomas
  • Leukumaa-Autto, Saila
  • Nissinen, Jukka
  • Pitkänen, Silja
  • Roitto, Matti
  • Taskinen, Jarmo
  • Virtanen, Aarni