The other Europe? : Scandinavian intellectuals and the fragility of democracy in the wake of World War II

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dc.contributor.author Strang, Johan
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-21T14:08:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-21T14:08:02Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-01
dc.identifier.citation Strang , J 2019 , ' The other Europe? Scandinavian intellectuals and the fragility of democracy in the wake of World War II ' , Journal of Modern European History , vol. 17 , no. 4 , pp. 500-518 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1611894419880462
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309996
dc.description.abstract It is often argued that the Scandinavian post-war period was marked by a democratic optimism that contrasts with the deep concerns for the inherent dangers of popular sovereignty and the thorough moral reconsideration that took place on the European continent in the wake of World War II. This article seeks to balance this view by exploring what Scandinavian intellectuals believed had caused the collapse of democracy in Europe in the 1930s and what they saw as the main threats to democracy in the emerging post-war societies. Focusing on the fears of socialist planning, concerns about the position of individual rights and freedoms in modern societies, and the anxieties concerning the secular total state, the article suggests that the Scandinavian post-war democratic settlement was indeed built around a different set of ideas from those evident in many other places in Europe, but that it was no less informed by recent historical experiences or concerns for the fragility of democracy. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Modern European History
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 6160 Other humanities
dc.subject 615 History and Archaeology
dc.subject 611 Philosophy
dc.subject Christian democracy
dc.subject democracy
dc.subject legal realism
dc.subject militant democracy
dc.subject post-war
dc.subject Scandinavia
dc.subject social democracy
dc.subject welfare state
dc.subject POSTWAR WESTERN-EUROPE
dc.title The other Europe? : Scandinavian intellectuals and the fragility of democracy in the wake of World War II en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Centre for Nordic Studies CENS
dc.contributor.organization University Management
dc.contributor.organization Nordic Studies
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/1611894419880462
dc.relation.issn 1611-8944
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