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Nordic Ideology between Religion and Scholarship


Edited By Horst Junginger and Andreas Akerlund

The articles of this volume treat the expansion of the Nordic ideology in the first half of the twentieth century. They concentrate on the amalgamation of scientific, religious and political features, which transformed the idea of the North into a mainstay of extreme nationalism. Lacking positive norms and values, the Nordic idea depended on the opposition against everything deemed un-Nordic. Völkisch Nordicism shared with conventional forms of nationalism the enmity with Judaism and Bolshevism and – to a lesser extent – with Anglo-Americanism and Catholicism. Beyond that, it constituted a mythological counter narrative that combined the idea of spiritual kinship with biological lineage, on Pagan as well as on Christian grounds.


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Design: © Olaf Gloeckler, Atelier Platen, Friedberg This book is published with the generous support from the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations and the Forum for German Studies at Uppsala University. The photographs on the binding display Herman Wirth during his expeditions to Sweden in 1935–36 and originate from the Vitlycke Museum in Tanumshede, West Sweden. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Nordic ideology between religion and scholarship / Horst Junginger, Andreas Åkerlund (eds.). — First edition pages cm. — (Zivilisationen & Geschichte ; Band 24) ISBN 978-3-631-64487-4 1. Scandinavianism—History—20th century—Congresses. 2. Nationalism— Scandinavia—History—20th century—Congresses. 3. Scandinavia—Study and teaching—Congresses. 4. Cultural awareness—Scandinavia—Congresses. 5. Mythology, Norse—Congresses. I. Junginger, Horst. II. Åkerlund, Andreas. DL57.N665 2013 320.54'0948—dc23 2013018777 ISSN 1867-092X ISBN 978-3-631-64487-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03313-7 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03313-7 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems.

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