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8 Masculinities and the Ideal Warrior: Images of the Jäger 

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The Civil War of 1918 was in many ways a turning point in the history of male citizenship in Finland. This chapter examines the heroic narratives that evolved around the Jägers in post-war society. It outlines the main developments of the Jäger movement, yet its focus is not on the historical events but on how they were remembered and represented after the war, in historical and fictional works written by or with the assistance of members of the Jäger movement. The chapter describes how the specific young manliness and war heroism of the Jägers was constructed as part of war commemoration, what societal and ideological purposes this construction served, and how its images of masculinity can be understood within the context of the history of war heroism, nationalism, and male citizenship.

Keywords: Civil War; Finland; Jäger Movement; masculinity; nationalism; war heroism



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