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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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Introduction: Nordic Ideology, Religion and Scholarship (Horst Junginger and Andreas Åkerlund)


Introduction: Nordic Ideology, Religion and Scholarship Horst Junginger and Andreas Åkerlund 1. The Relevance of the Nordic Myth Although our modern understanding of the world seems to oppose timeworn ste- reotypes such as the “North” and proscribed ideologies such as Nordic or völkisch ones, the Nordic myth is perhaps only hibernating and may be reinvigorated if time and circumstances allow. In the current financial market crises, many and some- times tough accusations have been voiced against those lazy people in the southern parts of Europe who would squander the money of hard working people further to the north. If they continue with both their incapability and unwillingness to stick to Northern standards in terms of economy, labour and a less idle attitude toward life, the only appropriate answer would be to discipline them or possibly show them the door. And not far below Greece the black abyss lies in waiting to overrun Europe exploiting its social welfare system and the wreck of its prosperity. The ideological borderlines of European Nordicism have, quite obviously, shifted from eastern Communism and western Capitalism towards the south in ge- ographical as well as in political and religious concerns and are now primarily di- rected at the spread of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism. And again the question becomes pressing how Europe and the North may attain a defensible coherence by means of common ideas and values. Since identity formations generally function better by way of distinction, the fight against everything perceived as dangerous and...

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