From Nordic Romanticism to Nordic Modernity : Danish Tourist Brochures in Nazi Germany, 1929-39

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Ørskov , F F 2019 , ' From Nordic Romanticism to Nordic Modernity : Danish Tourist Brochures in Nazi Germany, 1929-39 ' , Journal of Contemporary History , vol. 55 , no. 1 , pp. 29-51 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0022009418815319

Title: From Nordic Romanticism to Nordic Modernity : Danish Tourist Brochures in Nazi Germany, 1929-39
Author: Ørskov, Frederik Forrai
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Centre for Nordic Studies CENS
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Journal of Contemporary History
ISSN: 0022-0094
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304949
Abstract: This article probes Danish tourist brochures and other promotional material distributed in Germany from 1929-39. Through an analysis of a number of publications, it traces how the Tourist Association of Denmark invoked tourist imaginaries related to Nordic race theory and Nordic romanticism in the material in a variety of ways throughout the decade. Ultimately, however, it is shown that a certain discourse of Nordic modernity would come to dominate towards the end of the 1930s, also in the promotional material distributed in Nazi Germany, a society otherwise highly susceptible to the visual language of Nordic romanticism and Nordic race theory. Thus, the post-war image of the social democratic Norden was powerful already in the tourist marketers’ negotiations of national self-identification and belonging during the last pre-war years.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
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