The Nordic Media and the Cold War

Editor(s): Henrik G. Bastiansen, Rolf Werenskjold

The Cold War between the East and West during the period 1945-1991 was a rivalry where the world’s doom constantly emerged as a possible result. The Cold War was global and included northern European countries like Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in different ways. Historians are still discussing how Cold War history should be understood in these countries, but they have rarely been concerned about mass media and communications. Meanwhile, many media scholars have neglected the theme entirely. In this book, these two areas of knowledge are combined in new research on the Nordic mass media, and its significance during the Cold War.
A number of controversial topics are covered. Nineteen Nordic scholars sheds new light on Nordic print media in all four countries, but also write about radio and the television broadcasting. Extending the traditional Cold War research on media and communication to include sport, magazines for men, political cartoons, and films, the book lays the foundation for Cold War studies to become an integrated interdisciplinary field of knowledge, and a more central part of the Nordic media research than before - with countless opportunities for exciting new research, with high relevance to world conflicts in our own time.
Henrik G. Bastiansen is Professor at Faculty of Media and Journalism, Volda University College, Norway.
Rolf Werenskjold is Associate Professor at Faculty of Media and Journalism, Volda University College, Norway.


Mapping Nordic Media and the Cold War
Henrik G. Bastiansen, Rolf Werenskjold
Part One: Soviet Influence?
Radio Moscow – Propaganda from the East – in Norwegian
Morten Jentoft
The Shadow of the Bear. Finnish Broadcasting, National Interest and Self-censorship during the Cold War
Raimo Salokangas
A Careful Balancing Act. Finnish Culture of Self-censorship in the Cold War
Lotta Lounasmeri
Political Nonconformity in Finnish Men’s Magazines during the Cold War
Laura Saarenmaa
The Wallenberg Case as a Cold War Issue
Hans Fredrik Dahl
East-West Conflict, West-West Divide? Western Self-Awareness in a Cold War Dissenter Newspaper
Birgitte Kjos Fonn
Part Two: Space, Sports, and Spies