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Building a New Society: Ideas on social revolution and the conception of the people’s community in interwar Swedish fascism
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
2007 (English)In: Ideas in History, Vol. 2, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses how the idea of a social revolution was interpreted by the major fascist movements in Sweden during the interwar period, and how this social revolution was intended to result in the rebirth of the collective folkgemenskap [people’s community] in the form of the fascist ideal state the folkstat [people’s state]. The analysis will focus on the ideological rather than the practical political level, and is based on source material from the three major fascist organisations in Sweden: the Swedish National Socialist Party, the National Socialist Labour Party and the New-Swedish National Federation.

The importance of the specific context of interwar Sweden will be taken into account, and the analysis of the fascist quest for the people’s state will be made against the background of the contemporaraneous discourses on the people’s home and on eugenics. To conclude, it will be considered whether there are any variations discernible within the fascist ideological spectrum regarding the idea of a social revolution and the construction of a people’s state.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 2, no 2
Keyword [en]
"Fascism", "Nazism", "Välfärdsstat", "Social ingenjörskonst", "Sverige", "Mellankrigstiden"
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History History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-17839OAI: diva2:157512
Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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