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Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin

John Gilmour

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780748627462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671274 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627462.001.0001
Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin

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This history of Sweden (Sverige) led by Per Albin Hansson during the Second World War (Andra världskriget) is intended both for English-speaking readers and Nordic readers in search of a key to the extensive Swedish-language historiography of the period. It provides them with a history of Sweden’s war-time Beredskapstiden experience that is both comprehensive and up-to-date.The book is divided into two Parts. In Part I chapters 1 and 2 analyse and discuss the pre-war development of Swedish policies, institutions, society and culture . Chapters 3 to 5 offer a comprehensive narrative account of wartime events and Swedish interactions with the great powers. Chapter 6 examines Sweden’s trading activity with the warring nations. In Part II, Chapters 7 and 8 two areas of external incursion into Swedish life, espionage and propaganda, and Sweden dealt with them. Chapter 9 concerns incursions of a different kind, by refugees, and Sweden’s changing role as a haven in war-torn Europe. The military resources and deployments underpinning Sweden’s ability to defend herself from attack are described in Chapter 10. Chapter 11, the deeper impact of war. Finally, the development of Swedish historiography for the period and subsequent controversies over Sweden’s ambiguous role and actions outlined and debated in Chapter 12.

Keywords: Sweden; Sverige; Second World War; Andra världskriget; Beredskapstiden; Holocaust; Per Albin Hansson; Nazi Germany; neutral; espionage and; propaganda

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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