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7 War through the Children’s Eyes

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In this chapter, the Finnish Civil War is observed from the perspective of the schoolgirls who lived through the siege and battle of the town of Tampere. It was one of the major industrial towns where the Red Guards had taken control in January 1918. In March, the White Army launched its attack and finally conquered the town after heavy combat and shellfire in April. The battle of Tampere was the heaviest battle of the entire war and remains the largest urban battle in the history of the Nordic countries. The chapter addresses following questions: How did the war affect the everyday life of the citizens? How did the girls describe and explain violence and hostilities they had to witness between their countrymen? What did girls tell about their own actions and experiences?

Keywords: Finnish Civil War; Red Guards; schoolgirls; Tampere; White Army

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