Oula Silvennoinen is an adjunct professor of European history in the University of Helsinki. His research topics have included the history of policing and police institutions, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, as well as the history of European Fascism and radical nationalism. His doctoral dissertation, published in 2008, dealt with Finnish-German security police co-operation in 1933-1944. At the moment, Oula Silvennoinen is based in the University of Helsinki.

Oula Silvennoinen deals with the position of forestry industries as a shaper of political culture in Finland and Sweden between 1930-1980. The main research method is an analysis of networks of politically active persons, chiefly among the paper industry. The aim is to be able to describe an otherwise hard-to-reach interface between politics and the economic life on a concrete, personal level. A detailed analysis will enable comparisons between different strategies of the political and economic elites to cope with the geopolitical and global economic changes, as well as the consequences of these strategies to the development of two Nordic democracies. The research period comprises the rise, heyday and early decline of co-operative capitalism, resting on international co-operation on this specific field of operations. The unitary business culture thus created entered a crisis within the research period, while the 20th-century geopolitical realities in Sweden and Finland continued to drift further apart.

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Oula Silvennoinen
Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies
PO Box 59
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

E-mail: oula.silvennoinen(at)helsinki.fi
tel. +358 9 191 23287
mob. +358 50 433 7345


Pohjonen, J. & Silvennoinen, O.: Tuntematon Lauri Törni, (Helsinki: Otava, 2013), 416 p.

Silvennoinen, O.: Paperisydän: Gösta Serlachiuksen elämä, (Helsinki: Siltala, 2012), 547 p. Silvennoinen, O.: Pappershjärtat. Gösta Serlachius liv, (Helsinki: Siltala, 2013) (C1)

Silvennoinen, O.: Salaiset aseveljet: Suomen ja Saksan turvallisuuspoliisiyhteistyö 1933-1944, (Helsinki: Otava, 2008), 477 p. In German: Silvennoinen, O.: Geheime Waffenbrüderschaft: Die sicherheitspolizeiliche Zusammenarbeit zwischen Finnland und Deutschland 1933-1944, Veröffentlichungen der Forschungsstelle Ludwigsburg der Universität Stuttgart 17, (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2010), 384 p.

Silvennoinen, O.: “Kumpujen yöhön”, Näre, S. & Kirves, J. (eds.): Luvattu maa. Suur-Suomen unelma ja unohdus (Helsinki: Johnny Kniga, 2014).

Silvennoinen, O. & Holmila, A.: “Holocaust Historiography in Finland”, Scandinavian Journal of History 2011/5, p. 605-619.

Silvennoinen, O.: “Still Under Examination: Coming to Terms with Finland’s Alliance with Nazi Germany”, Yad Vashem Studies, 37/2, 2009, p. 67-92.

Silvennoinen, O.: “Janus of the North?: Finland 1940-1944” Gilmour, J. & Stephenson, J. (ed.): Hitler’s Scandinavian Legacy, (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), p. 129-144.

Silvennoinen, O.: “Finland, the ‘Vernichtungskrieg’ and the Holocaust”, Seeberg, M. L., Levin, I. & Lenz, C. (eds.): The Holocaust as Active Memory: The Past in the Present, (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), p. 153-164.

Silvennoinen, O.: “Limits of Intentionality: Soviet Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees in Finnish Custody”, Kinnunen, T. & Kivimäki, V. (eds.): Finland in World War II, History of Warfare 69, (Leiden: Brill, 2012), p. 355-394.

Silvennoinen, O.: “Those Twelve: Deportations of Jews from Finland 1941-1942”, Muir, S. & Worthen, H. (eds.): Finland’s Holocaust: Silences of History, (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 26 p.