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Wartime Power and Personalities

John Gilmour

in Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin

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/9780748627462.003.0003
Wartime Power and Personalities

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Sweden had developed and reinforced its liberal, democraticinstitutions since the beginning of the century. This enabled the country’s politicians to see off the fractious extremists during the Twenties and Thirties by offering realistic alternatives to Nazi and Bolshevik visions of society. Party conflict took place within a parliamentary setting and not on the streets. Sweden was indeed a working democracy in 1939 although its institutions and wartime Coalition Government would be soon tested by the demands and expectations of both the totalitarian and democratic belligerents.

Keywords: Per Albin Hansson; Gösta Bagge; Karl Gustav Westman; Christian Günther; Per Albin Hansson; Ernst Wigforss; Per-Edvin Sköld; Erik Boheman; Gunnar Hägglöf

Chapter.  4828 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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