A Place of their Own: Family Farming in Eastern Finland by Ray Abrahams

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By Ray Abrahams

In accordance with box examine in japanese Finland now not faraway from the Russian border, this e-book is an account of the most good points of rural society within the sector. It can pay targeted consciousness to the adaptability of farming households in a speedily altering international. matters taken care of contain marriage and the kin, paintings and mechanization, succession to farms, and the paradoxical mixture of fierce individualism and cooperation. significant subject matters of the ebook are the relation among legislations and customized, which isn't continuously what it sort of feels at the floor, and the advanced interlocking of farm, relatives, and the broader society.

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It is all too easy within a brief compass to speak of a whole country or a nation and gloss over vital differences within it. This is particularly pertinent in the present context. For, in spite of the valiancy of the Finnish war effort and the fond memories which many veterans still have for the more spectacularly successful parts of the campaigns, it is clear that broader and probably wiser perceptions of the long-term problems of relations with the Soviet Union were present at an early date.

These ranged from stewards (lampuodit, sing, lampuoti), who ran other people's farms and were in some cases quite prosperous, through tenant crofters (torpparit), who occupied either crown land or parts of private farms, in the latter case partly for rent in labour, to small cotters (mdkitupalaisei) and a variety of dependent lodgers (loiset, literally 'parasites'). 15 The economic security of these groups was to some extent protected in the eighteenth and much of the nineteenth century by the availability of public land for swidden agriculture.

135). See Gripenberg (1960, pp. 59-60 and passim) and Kirby (1979, p. 190 and Chapter 8 passim). My main sources for the early history of the area are Saloheimo's detailed histories of the Lieksa and Nurmes areas (1953 and 1954). 30 A strange eventful history Swedish empires. At the same time, however, the population began to grow as new settlers moved in after the treaty of Stolbova in 1617, which allocated the area to Sweden, and strengthened its westward connections with other Finnish regions.

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