Mila Oiva

Mila Oiva
University of Turku | UTU · Department of Cultural History

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The Soviet mass media created the image of Montand as an admired celebrity in the Soviet Union. It constructed his fame by importing, domesticating and promoting his films, recordings and photographs, and translating books from the West, along with their own domestic production of radio programmes, newsreels, and newspaper and journal articles. A v...
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Yves Montand’s life is intertwined with the passions and aspirations of Europe in the twentieth century. It extends from the aftermath of World War I to the dawn of the post-Cold War era. Chapter 4 briefly outlines his life prior to his arrival in Moscow in 1955. He was born on 13 October 1921 in the province of Tuscany in Italy, in the small villa...
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Yves Montand’s visit to the Soviet Union was a major media event. It was widely discussed by the press beforehand, both in France and in the USSR, but it was also a cinematic event. When Montand and Signoret landed at the Vnukovo airport, film cameras were waiting outside the aircraft. This chapter focuses on the film Yves Montand Sings (Poet Iv Mo...
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The preparations for Montand’s tour, and the tour itself, took place in the context of extreme international turbulence both in the West and within the Soviet bloc. Khrushchev sought to defuse the situation through the ‘Thaw’ and the policy of peaceful coexistence, but an unforeseen consequence was the manifestation of more public signs of dissent,...
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The repertoire that Montand delivered on his tour programme was unchanged from his performances in Paris, already familiar to Soviet audiences through recordings and radio. Part of the pleasure they derived from his concerts therefore included that of hearing material they already knew, delivered in person by the artist himself, who enjoyed cult st...
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Montand’s Soviet tour occurred during the Thaw era, an unusual period in Soviet history. Beginning gradually after Stalin’s death in 1953, the Thaw era’s relaxation of political repression and the opening of the Soviet Union to the outside world made Montand’s Soviet tour possible. Montand became an emblem of the Thaw within the Soviet Union, when...
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It appears that the idea of Montand’s possible Soviet tour was first raised with Russian cultural broker Sergei Obraztsov during the latter’s visit to Paris in 1954. From that encounter to the departure of Montand and his wife Simone Signoret for the Soviet Union, preparations for the event were subject to hesitations and tergiversations against th...
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This volume is the first book-length account of Yves Montand’s controversial tour of the Soviet Union at the turn of the years 1956/57. It traces the mixed messages of this internationally visible act of cultural diplomacy in the middle of the turbulent Cold War. It also provides an account of the celebrated French singer-actor’s controversial care...
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Historical scholarship is currently undergoing a digital turn. All historians have experienced this change in one way or another, by writing on word processors, applying quantitative methods on digitalized source materials, or using internet resources and digital tools. Digital Histories showcases this emerging wave of digital history research. It...
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Although the concept of digital comes with an assumption of placelessness and detachment from physical space and geographical location, these matters still play a significant role in the way the digital humanities research is practiced today, and also in the future. The location, the surroundings and infrastructure open the questions of accessibili...
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The assassination of Nikolay Bobrikov, the Governor-General of Finland, on 16 June 1904 was a turning point in Finnish history. It was reported in hundreds, if not thousands, of newspapers worldwide. This article follows the spread of that news, particularly its spread over the first week after the assassination. The study draws on the digital news...
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Digital humanities (DH) as a research field has been developing rapidly in Finland during the past few years, mainly due to increased funding and profiling activities. Although these infrastructural developments have created (smaller and larger) centres, hubs and clusters related directly or indirectly to digital humanities, the future of Finnish r...

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Newspapers were the first big data for a mass audience. Their dramatic expansion over the nineteenth century created a global culture of abundant, rapidly circulating information. The significance of the newspaper, however, has largely been defined in metropolitan and national terms in the scholarship of the period. The collection and digitisation that was performed by local institutions further situated newspapers within a national context. Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840–1914 (OcEx) brings together leading efforts in research concerning computational periodicals from the US, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the UK to examine patterns of information flow across national and linguistic boundaries in nineteenth-century newspapers. By revealing the global networks through which texts and concepts travelled, OcEx creates an abundance of new evidence about how readers around the world perceived each other through the newspaper. Consortium PI: Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University. For further details, see https://oceanicexchanges.org/