Not surprisingly, the Nordic countries have had differing canonised narratives of
the Second World War, and the revisions of these patriotic narratives have
differed accordingly. Working on Nordic narratives of the Second World War,
Author: Mirja Österberg
Publisher: Nordic Academic Press
How have the dramatic events of the Second World War been viewed in the Nordic countries? In this book leading Nordic historians analyse post-war memory and historiography. They explore the relationship between scholarly and public understandings of the war. How have national interpretations been shaped by official security-policy doctrines? And in what way has the end of the Cold War affected the Nordic narratives? The authors not only present the overarching themes that set the Nordic experience of the Second World War apart from other European narratives, but also describe the distinctive post-war characteristics of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden. Key concepts such as national identity, memory culture, and the moral turn are placed in their Nordic context. Bringing new nuance to the post-war history of Europe, this is the first work to focus on Nordic narratives of the war, and is valuable reading for students, academics, and all who have an interest in the historiography of the Second World War or modern European history.
Focusing on the relationship between scholarly and public understandings of the war, this book presents the overarching themes that set apart the Nordic experience while remaining attentive to the distinctive characteristics of war time in ...
Author: Henrik Stenius
Publisher: Nordic Academic Press
Written by leading Nordic historians, this analysis discusses postwar memory and war historiographies from the perspectives of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden vis-à-vis the Second World War. Focusing on the relationship between scholarly and public understandings of the war, this book presents the overarching themes that set apart the Nordic experience while remaining attentive to the distinctive characteristics of war time in each of the five different countries. A major contribution to the international debate on postwar memory, this fascinating account speaks to all those who have an interest in the modern European history.
245; Synne Corell, 'The Solidity of the Narrative: The Occupation in Norwegian
History Culture', in Henrik Stenius, Mirja Osterberg and Johan Ostling (eds), Nordic Narratives of the Second World War (Lund, 2011). See Moland, 'Norway',
Author: Ben H. Shepherd
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Resistance to German-led Axis occupation occurred all the way across the European continent during the Second World War. It took a wide range of forms – non-cooperation and disinformation, sabotage, espionage, armed opposition and full-scale partisan warfare. It is an important element in the experience and the national memory of the peoples who found themselves under Axis government and control. For over thirty years there has been no systematic attempt to give readers a panoramic yet detailed view of the make-up, actions and impact of resistance movements from Scandinavia down to Greece and from France through to Russia. This authoritative and accessible survey, written by a group of the leading experts in the field, provides a reliable, in-depth, up-to-date account of the resistance in each region and country along with an assessment of its effectiveness and of the Axis reaction to it. An extensive introduction by the editors Philip Cooke and Ben H. Shepherd draws the threads of the varied movements and groups together, highlighting the many differences and similarities between them.The book will be a significant contribution to the frequently heated debates about the importance of individual resistance movements. It will be thought-provoking reading for everyone who is interested in or studying occupied Europe during the Second World War.
Author: Marianne Stecher-HansenPublish On: 2021-02-01
War Experience, Self Image and National Identity: The Second World War as
Myth and History. Stockholm: Gidlunds Förlag. ... Nordic Narratives of the Second World War: National Historiographies Revisited. Lund: Nordic Academic Press.
Author: Marianne Stecher-Hansen
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Situated on Europe’s northern periphery, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden found themselves caught between warring powers during World War II. Ultimately, these nations survived the conflict as sovereign states whose wartime experiences have profoundly shaped their historiography, literature, cinema and memory cultures. Nordic War Stories explores the commonalities and divergences among the five Nordic countries, examining national historiographies alongside representations of the war years in canonical literary works, travel writing, and film media. Together, they comprise a valuable companion that challenges the myth of Scandinavian homogeneity while demonstrating the powerful influence that the war continues to exert on national identities.
The moral narrative that emerged in the early 1990s became increasingly
hegemonic.38 Indeed, while these changes ... 1 This article enlarges on earlier
work, primarily Östling, Johan (2008a), 'Swedish Narratives of the Second World War: A ...
Author: Jill Stephenson
Publisher: A&C Black
The Scandinavian [Nordic] countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland experienced the effects of the German invasion in April 1940 in very different ways. Collaboration, resistance, and co-belligerency were only some of the short-term consequences. Each country's historiography has undergone enormous changes in the seventy years since the invasion, and this collection by leading historians examines the immediate effects of Hitler's aggression as well as the long-term legacies for each country's self-image and national identity. The Scandinavian countries' war experience fundamentally changed how each nation functioned in the post-war world by altering political structures, the dynamics of their societies, the inter-relationships between the countries and the popular view of the wartime political and social responses to totalitarian threats. Hitler was no respecter of the rights of the Scandinavian nations but he and his associates dealt surprisingly differently with each of them. In the post-war period, this has caused problems of interpretation for political and cultural historians alike. Drawing on the latest research, this volume will be a welcome addition to the comparative histories of Scandinavia and the Second World War.
18 Ricoeur, The Conflict of Interpretations, 3. 19 Henrik Stenius, Mirja Österberg
and Johan Östling, “Nordic Narratives of the Second World War: An Introduction,”
in Nordic Narratives of the Second World ...
Author: Frank Jacob
Wars create their own dynamics, especially with regard to images and language. The semiotic and semantic codes are redefined, according to the need to create an enemy image, or in reference to the results of a war that are post-event defined as just or reasonable. The semiotic systems of wars are central to the discussion of the contributions within this volume, which highlight the interrelationship of semiotic systems and their constructions during wars in different periods of history.
P. Burrin, France under the Germans: Collaboration and Compromise (1997); H.
Stenius, M. Österberg and J. Östling (eds), Nordic Narratives of the Second World War: National Historiographies Revisted (Lund, 2011). P. Ahonen, Death at the ...
Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: A&C Black
Contesting History is an authoritative guide to the positive and negative applications of the past in the public arena and what this signifies for the meaning of history more widely. Using a global, non-Western model, Jeremy Black examines the employment of history by the state, the media, the national collective memory and others and considers its fundamental significance in how we understand the past. Moving from public life pre-1400 to the struggle of ideologies in the 20th century and contemporary efforts to find meaning in historical narratives, Jeremy Black incorporates a great deal of original material on governmental, social and commercial influences on the public use of history. This includes a host of in-depth case studies from different periods of history around the world, and coverage of public history in a wider range of media, including TV and film. Readers are guided through this material by an expansive introduction, section headings, chapter conclusions and a selected further reading list. Written with eminent clarity and breadth of knowledge, Contesting History is a key text for all students of public history and anyone keen to know more about the nature of history as a discipline and concept.
Broadly speaking , Sebald ' s writings are narratives about the historical narrative
of the Second World War , but they are also painfully personal narratives about
the author ' s vulnerability as a child in the immediate aftermath of the war .
Author: Mats Jansson
Category: Comparative literature
Modernism is a truly international movement that cuts across many boundaries - territorial, political, cultural, and linguistic. Its geographical and temporal scope make it one of the most prominent fields of literary study. The essays in this book compare Modernist features of the Nordic literatures with the modernizing works and movements of the rest of twentieth-century Europe. The contributors situate the concept of Modernism in a pan-European context, and discuss how a range of texts respond to, and thus represent, facets of European Modernism at widely different moments - not least in the period following the second world war. In addition to studies of individual Nordic authors, the aspects of Modernism explored here include its response to war, the relationship between verbal and pictorial art, and Modernisms impact on later Nordic and European writers
In this case, the immersive narrative is set into motion as a scientist comes up
with a potion to prepare humanity for the ... The film's protagonist, Mertsi,
wounded in the head in the Second World War, tries to make peace with a
society he does ...
Author: Pietari Kääpä
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Performing Arts
Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas uses a range of analytical approaches to interrogate how the traditional socio-political rhetoric of national cinema can be rethought through ecosystemic concerns, by exploring a range of Nordic films as national and transnational, regional and local texts--all with significant global implications. By synergizing transnational theories with ecological approaches, the study considers the planetary implications of nation-based cultural production.
It seems as if the echoes of the Second World War have not yet silenced in
Estonia and Poland, but on the contrary have gained new resonance through
public performance of national identity. Polish and Estonian national narratives
are firmly ...
Author: Krzysztof Stala
Publisher: Nordic Academic Press
Category: Political Science
What happens to people's sense of belonging when globalisation meets with proclaimed regional identities resting heavily on conceptions of religion and ethnicity? Who are the actors stressing cultural heritage and authenticity as tools for self-understanding? In this book the authors aim at a broad discussion on how history and religion are made part of the production of narratives about origin and belonging in contemporary Europe. The contributors offer localised studies where actors with strong agendas indicate the complex relations between history, religion, and identity. The case studies exemplify how public intellectuals and academics have taken active part in the construction of recent and traditional pasts. Instead of repeating the simplistic explanation as a "return of religion", the authors of this volume focus on public platforms and agents, and their use of religion as a political and cultural argument. The approach makes a nuanced and fresh survey for researchers and other initiated readers to engage in.
... the German epic , the former which " functioned as one of the ideological
reenforcements of Nazism in the Second World War . ” 37 Nazism would then be
a type of reproduction of the Nordic myth in history as well as in Pacheco ' s work
Author: Kathy Taylor
Category: Literary Collections
"In this book Kathy Taylor examines four novels by contemporary Mexican writers in the context of a theoretical discussion of the writing of both historical and fictional narrative." "Latin American narrative was inaugurated with the imaginative creation of the "New World" as seen through European eyes, stories born of the inseparable embrace of history and fiction. Contemporary Mexican writers have reclaimed this tradition while experimenting with new narrative forms and the problematics of writing itself. As one Mexican writer put it, "Novels have become problems." Not only do their novels function as testimonials to socio-historical realities, but the problems of writing and criticism of the genre are incorporated as central themes of the works themselves." "In Mexico, where the burdens of the past seem to dominate the present to the point of obsession, the writing of a story becomes for many writers a question of how to write history. While the writing and rewriting of history is a recurrent theme of these narratives (which cannot easily be defined as novels), the texts themselves contain the (hi)stories of their own creation. The reader of these texts is placed in a role reminiscent of that of the historian, whose task it is to reconstruct a story from fragments of other texts. Thus, both writer and reader become involved in the creation and recreation of art with its new visions and different versions of an historical reality." "The works chosen for study here represent very different approaches to this common trend in contemporary Mexican writing. The documentary "socio-literature" of Elena Poniatowska's La noche de Tlatelolco (1971) contrasts with the fictionalized testimonies in Elena Garro's Testimonios sobre Mariana (1980). Jose Emilio Pacheco's Moriras lejos (1967) involves complex forms of fiction and allegory while Federico Campbell's Pretexta (1979) is a textual maze of authorial masks and layers of fiction. While analyzing these novels and the stories they tell, this book raises questions such as: What is history? What is the relationship between the histories we write and the stories we invent? How does the historian/writer become part of the story?" "Thus, the common theme of the writing of narrative - narrative as history, and narrative as fiction - is threaded throughout these diverse works. While reflecting the reality of the postmodern world in which it is produced, this writing reveals with its internal mirrors the premises and structures with which we interpret and "invent" our surrounding reality. It also points to the past as something that cannot be changed, but must continually be rediscovered if we are to understand who we are and might become. Invention and discovery, remembering and rewriting; that's how the story begins."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
In Finland, this was also tangled within a historical narrative of openness,
reflecting the Nordic tradition. ... managing census dataare generally also shaped
bythe experiences ofthe Second World War (Eymeri 2001; Newman and Bach
Author: T. Erkkilä
Category: Political Science
Transparency has become a global concept of responsible government. This book argues that the transnational discourse of transparency promotes potentially contradictory policy ideas that can lead to unintended consequences. It critically examines whether or not increased transparency really leads to increased democratic accountability.
Author: Camilla Asplund IngemarkPublish On: 2013-12-03
The Second World War has often been defined as a turning point in life in
personal narratives (Kaivola-Bregenhøj 2006:30). On a national level, the
consequences of the Second World War caused a cultural trauma in Finland,
resulting from ...
Author: Camilla Asplund Ingemark
Publisher: Nordic Academic Press
How can stories and legends, written and oral, help people suffering from severe traumas or harsh conditions, now or in the past? Can storytelling help us sort out our innermost feelings and troubles? This deeply human subject is relevant not only to practitioners of psychotherapy, but to all of us, as we sometimes go through difficult times in life. In Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling, a cross-disciplinary group of researchers examine the ways in which narrative might aid in coping with difficult situations in life, and with the emotions that these situations engender. Starting with an introduction to basic narrative theories and the therapeutic effects of storytelling, the book then moves on to a series of lucid case studies. The authors present a diversity of material such as blogs, poetry, magazines, memoirs, and oral accounts from Antiquity to the present. Authors from several different disciplines make for a diversity of perspectives. The authors specialise in folkloristics, psychology, writing studies, poetry therapy, and classical studies. Psychologists, social workers, researchers, therapists – all can benefit from this book, including everyone interested in the possibility of inner exploration through stories.
... between the city centre and the functionally separated city that began to spread
after the Second World War , The general experiences of a place as a town , and
hence the narratives which can be combined into a tradition of urban culture ...
It was only after the Second World War that arrangements for mutual scrutiny of
school textbooks began to remove the ... In a comparative perspective it has been
said that Norway has been fortunate in its grand historical narrative , in that it has
72 THE JOURNAL OF STRATEGIC STUDIES continued neutrality on its Scandinavian flank . ... Yet in mid - December 1939 , only two and a half months
into the Second World War , Hitler began the planning process that would engulf
Norway in ... not simply to provide a narrative description of the planning process
, but rather to weigh the relative influence of the three main components involved
in the ...
Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
World War II defined the 20th century and shaped the contemporary world; from the decolonization of Africa to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. This work offers an overview of this complex and volatile era, taking into account the political, economic and social factors, as well as military circumstances of the road to war and its consequences.
Author: Nordic Institute of FolklorePublish On: 1995
The session about the future of oral narrative gave a picture of differing
conditions in the Nordic countries . In Denmark ... The Norse traditions of Oden
and Thor , Valhalla , and Ragnarök were not popular after the Second World War
Studies on trade and economy show that Finnish Cold War history has been
perhaps too obsessed with Finnish - Soviet relations and diplomatic history . ...
has tried to cover Finland ' s road from the Second World War to membership in
the European Union in 1995 in one massive volume . 71 Without a clear
analytical framework his 900 - page narrative is doomed to rather aimless
excursions in which ...
Author: Thorsten B. Olesen
During the Cold War the Nordic Countries were walking a tightrope, being located in the vicinity of the USSR-dominated red empire. This book contains five articles that evaluate Nordic Cold War research within its national context, with each contribution pointing to what has so far been achieved by existing research, what progress is to be expected from projects under way, and what seem to be the most important gaps to be filled in the future. Attention is given predominantly to presenting and discussing studies which have appeared in the post-Cold War period - with the exception of the Swedish contribution which presents a more general outline of Cold War research. Following these national contributions, the book concludes by taking up the comparative challenge. The book is a logical point of departure for researchers who want to work with Nordic Cold War history, especially on a truly comparative basis.