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Movements and Ideas of the Extreme Right in Europe

Positions and Continuities


Edited By Nicola Kristin Karcher and Anders G. Kjostvedt

The term «extreme right», despite an agreed upon definition, continues to be in common usage, and is frequently employed in political discourse, in the media, and in academic debates. This volume presents a broad range of movements, political parties and persons, all of them representing positions and continuities within the framework of the extreme right in the space of a century. The contributions all bring new knowledge and perspectives, and give an insight into current research in a number of fields, ranging from the end of the First World War to the first decades of the 21st century.


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The starting point of this anthology was the conference “Movements and Ideas of the Extreme Right in Europe: Positions and Continuities”, which took place at the Humboldt University Berlin in December 2009. It was initiated and organised by Nicola Kristin Karcher and Anders G. Kjøstvedt at the Department for Archaeol- ogy, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo, and supported and fund- ed by the then Henrik-Steffens-Professor at the Department for Northern European Studies at the Humboldt University, Jorunn Sem Fure. The idea behind the conference was to bring together scholars from different European countries who all do research in the field of fascism, Nazism, right-wing extremism or the völkisch movement, discussing different positions, continuities and discontinuities within the broader framework of the extreme right before and after the Second World War. In the time since the conference took place, we have been fortunate to include further contributions and thereby broaden our perspec- tives. A number of colleagues have commented upon the contributions or in other ways supported the publication of this volume. We would like to thank Hans Fred- rik Dahl, University of Oslo; Conan Fischer, University of St. Andrews; Jorunn Sem Fure, Telemark Museum; Einhart Lorenz, University of Oslo; Uwe Puschner, Free University Berlin; Stefanie von Schnurbein, Humboldt University Berlin; Kjetil Simonsen, Centre for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorites in Oslo; and Ulrich Wyrwa, University of Potsdam and Centre for Research on anti- Semitism/Technical University Berlin. The publication of this volume has been supported...

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