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Nordic Ideology between Religion and Scholarship

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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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Andreas Åkerlund PhD in history, is research fellow and research leader for the Master class Knowledge Societies at the Department of History, Uppsala University. His research interests include Swedish-German relations, the history of science and National Socialism as well as the history of international academic exchange, language teaching and public diplomacy. Publications include Mellan akademi och kulturpolitik. Lektorat i svenska språket vid tyska universitet 1906-1945 (2010) and Kulturtransfer och kulturpolitik. Sverige och Tyskland under det tjugonde århundradet (ed. 2011). Lena Berggren PhD in the history of ideas, is associate professor of history at Umeå University in northern Sweden. Her research has focused on antisemitism, racism, ultra-natio- nalism and fascism in interwar Sweden and she has taught and presented extensive- ly on modern political history. Publications include Nationell upplysning. Drag i den svenska antisemitismens idéhistoria (1999). Debora Dusse M.A., is research fellow in an interdisciplinary project of the German Research Foundation (DFG) on receptions of the Icelandic Eddas at the Institute for Scan- dinavian Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main. Isrun Engelhart PhD in Asian studies, was a research fellow at the Institute of Central Asian Stud- ies, Bonn University, Germany. Her research interests are Tibetan-European en- counters and relations mainly from the Tibetan side from the 17th to the 20th century; themes on which she has published extensively, for instance: Tibet in 1938-1939: Photographs from the Ernst Schäfer Expedition to Tibet (ed. 2007). Anders Gerdmar PhD in theology, is associate professor of New Testament exegesis at Uppsala University and President...

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