Kari Alenius

Kari Alenius


Professor, Head of Research Unit
International and cultural interaction

55 peer reviewed publications in international journals.



Research interests

  • Baltic and East European history
  • History of ethnic relations and minorities
  • Information warfare
  • Mental images

Research projects


  • Unselfishly for Peace and Justice – and against Evil. The Rhetoric of the Great Powers in the UN Security Council, 1946–1956. Studia Historica Septentrionalia 71 (PSHY, Rovaniemi 2014). 248 p.
  • Compromise Solutions through Careful Consideration. The Development of the Legal Status of National Minorities in Germany, 1918–1919. Studia Historica Septentrionalia 62 (PSHY, Rovaniemi 2011). 237 p.
  • Ajan ihanteiden ja historian rasitteiden ristipaineissa: Viron etniset suhteet vuosina 1918–1925. With an English Summary. Studia Historica Septentrionalia 41 (PSHY, Rovaniemi 2003), 412 p.
  • Viron, Latvian ja Liettuan historia (Atena Kustannus Oy, Jyväskylä 2000), 303 p.
  • Ahkeruus, edistys, ylimielisyys. Virolaisten Suomi-kuva kansallisen heräämisen ajasta tsaarinvallan päättymiseen (n. 1850–1917). Studia Historica Septentrionalia 27 (PSHY, Rovaniemi 1996), 259 p.
  • The Russian Revolutions and the Question of Supreme Authority in Finland in 1917. Juris Ciganovs (ed.), Democratic Processes in Eastern and Central Europe in 1917: Political, Military, Social and Cultural Aspects (Latvijas Kara muzejs, Rīga 2017), p. 59–68.
  • The Estonian-Russian Border Negotiations: A Prelude to the Cyber-Attacks of 2007. Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security ECCWS 2017. Edited by Mark Scanlon and Nhien-An Le-Khac (Reading 2017), p. 17–23.
  • The Reception of German War Propaganda in Estonia, 1941–1944. James S. Corum, Olaf Mertelsmann, Kaarel Piirimäe (eds.), The Baltic States and the Second World War. Tartu Historical Studies 4 (Frankfurt am Main 2014), p. 249–272.
  • A Typical Example of Mental Region-Building? The Balkan Area in Finnish Schoolbooks from the Late 19th Century to the Beginning of the 21st Century. The Romanian Journal for Baltic and Nordic Studies, vol. 5, Issue 2 (2014), p. 25–55.
  • Victory in Exceptional War: The Estonian Main Narrative of the Cyber Attacks in 2007. The Fog of Cyber Defence. Jari Rantapelkonen & Mirva Salminen (eds.). National Defence Academy, Department of Leadership and Military Pedagogy. Publication Series 2, Article Collection n:o 10 (Helsinki 2013), p. 85–96.


Research groups

  • Head of Research Community, TRANSCULTURAL ENCOUNTERS

Thesis supervisions

21 doctoral dissertations
220 M.A. theses

Research visits

  • Riga Stradins University

    Erasmus teacher exchange 02/2013

  • Lakehead University

    Visiting Professor, Chair in Finnish Studies, 09/2019-04/2020