Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


It is the purpose of this study to shed come light on the diplomacy which took place between Finland and the Soviet Union from 1938-1940. That the Finns successfully met and blocked Russian efforts to the Finland a part of the U.S.S.R. is a feet. Now it is for the historian to seek out and evaluate how and why this was possible. Because of the propinquity of Finland to Russia and her century of existance as a Grand Duchy of Czarist Russia, the Finns have come to know and understand the Russian mind and thought. Herein liees the validity of a study of this nature for in the present world situation there is a need on the part of the West to understand and evaluate Russian Foreign policy. Through the study of the manner in which the Finnish government conducted and still conducts his relations with the Soviet Union the Western Powers may well find a clue to a means of meeting an agressive and dynamic Russian policy.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of History Municipal University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1960 Richard William Condon

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