HOW FINLAND SURVIVED STALIN by Kimmo Rentola sold to Ukraine!

We are happy to report that the Ukrainian rights for How Finland Survived Stalin: From Winter War to Cold War, 1939-1950 by Kimmo Rentola, have been acquired by Laboratoria! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Founded in 2020 as a non-fiction publisher, Laboratoria now features an extensive portfolio that includes fiction and non-fiction titles from Ukraine and abroad. Their non-fiction authors include Frank Wilczek, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Daniel Pink, Lawrence Reece, Irene Vallejo, etc.

HOW FINLAND SURVIVED STALIN is an award-winning overview of the vast and far-reaching influence that the decisions of Joseph Stalin had on the history of independent Finland.
Yale University Press has recently published the English edition of HOW FINLAND SURVIVED STALIN, expertly translated by Richard Robinson.

HOW FINLAND SURVIVED STALIN has now been sold to 6 territories!
Rights are available in, e.g., Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France, Spain, Japan, etc!

Download the English PDF for HOW FINLAND SURVIVED STALIN here!

How Finland Survived Stalin: From Winter War to Cold War, 1939-1950

Kimmo Rentola

A dramatic and timely account of Stalin’s failed invasion of Finland in 1939, and the decade of wars and fraught relations that followed.

  Winner of the Lauri Jäntti Prize for non-fiction literature! 
  Full English manuscript with updated introduction available!

How did Finland evade Joseph Stalin’s crosshairs three times? Did Stalin have a special relationship with Finland and the Finns? Why didn’t he continue the Soviet onslaught on Finland during the Winter War in 1940? Why did the dictator back down from his aspirations and demands towards Finland during the peace negotiations in 1944? Why did 1948 remain the year of an unfulfilled coup in Finland?

The answers lie in the relations between Finland and Russia. Joseph Stalin has been one of the individuals with the most influence on the history of independent Finland. The book focuses on the decisions of Stalin in which the entire existence or, at the very least, the essential nature of that existence, of Finland was at stake.

Otava, 2016, 240 pp.

English edition
Finnish edition

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Äripäev
GREECE: Papadopoulos Publishers
UKRAINE: Laboratoria
WORLD ENGLISH: Yale University Press

About author

Kimmo Rentola

Kimmo Rentola (b. 1953), PhD, is a historian and professor emeritus of political history, at the University of Turku from 2006 to 2014 and at the University of Helsinki since 2014. In his research, Rentola has specialized in the history of the Cold War, the relationships between Finland and the Soviet Union, and both Finnish and Nordic communism. His other research areas are the youth movements of the 1960s and the history of intelligence agencies.

His latest title, How Finland Survived Stalin, won the Lauri Jäntti Award for non-fiction literature in 2017, while his previous book Vallankumouksen aave (‘The Ghost of the Revolution’) won the Scholarly Book of the Year Award in Finland in 2007.