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Aktivism, civiliserande mission och nationellt projekt. Sverige och det finska inbördeskriget 1918 i ett transnationellt perspektiv
Title [en]
Activism, civilizing mission and national project. Sweden and the Finnish Civil war 1918 in a transnational perspective
Abstract [en]
Activism, civilizing mission and national project. Sweden and the Finnish Civil war 1918 in a transnational perspective It is often claimed that the Scandinavian countries during the twentieth century were pioneers in democratic development, peace-making and political arbitration. At the same time, the idea of Sweden as conveyor of a peace-keeping and consensus oriented political tradition in contrast to a troubled and chaotic surrounding world is today regarded as antiquated. In other words, there is a need for more concrete studies to analyze the lines of conflict in the Swedish relations to the surrounding world and what impact these lines of conflict have had in later developments, both in Swedish politics and in the Swedish relations to foreign countries. The focus of the proposed project is to study, in connection with the upcoming centenary of the Finnish civil war, how the Swedish political sphere during the last stages of World War 1 dealt with the conflict in its eastern neighbor country and also how this complex and brutal process in Finland influenced the Swedish political arena and society. So far a more comprehensive study of the Finnish civil war in its international context has been lacking. The ambition of the proposed project is to contextualize the Swedish discussion of ideas and the ideological debate on modernization and the future role of Sweden in the Baltic region in a transnational perspective where the international networks and contacts of the various Swedish political orientations are researched in a broader context. The concept of political sphere, or arena, refers in this study to the right wing activists and also the financial sector and bourgeois parties and their contacts with their German and Finnish counterparts on the one hand and the parties and organizations of the workers movement, and their counterparts in Germany, Finland, and to some extent also in Russia on the other hand. The aim of the proposed study is thus to bring forward new knowledge about Sweden’s position in the Baltic area during the last stages of World War 1 and what part the Finnish Civil War played in defining and polarizing the conflicting lines on how to modernize society in Sweden. The source material in the study consists of the archives of the political organizations and movements, of personal archives, and of press clippings.
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Hedén, A. (2019). Domestic Politics and Neutrality (Sweden). In: Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson (Ed.), 1914-1918-online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Domestic Politics and Neutrality (Sweden)
2019 (English)In: 1914-1918-online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War / [ed] Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin , 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on how the Swedish neutrality policy during the First World War became a contentious topic in Swedish domestic politics. The food crisis in 1916–1917, social disquiet in connection with the Finnish Civil War, and the German revolt in 1918 steered Sweden away from benevolent neutrality towards Germany and into a more pragmatic orientation. All of this finally led to universal suffrage in 1918–1919. The article suggests that this transformation was more an issue of bourgeois reorientation than a revolutionary situation halted at the last minute.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, 2019
National Category
History
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37845 (URN)10.15463/ie1418.11342 (DOI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 14/2015
Available from: 2019-03-11 Created: 2019-03-11 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved
Hedén, A. (2018). Borgerliga storhetsdrömmar i neutralitetens ramverk: Det svenska stödet till det vita Finland och finansieringen av Svenska Brigaden. In: Kjersti Bosdotter, Lars Ekdahl, Anne Hedén, Aapo Roselius (Ed.), Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling (pp. 94-117). Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Borgerliga storhetsdrömmar i neutralitetens ramverk: Det svenska stödet till det vita Finland och finansieringen av Svenska Brigaden
2018 (Swedish)In: Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling / [ed] Kjersti Bosdotter, Lars Ekdahl, Anne Hedén, Aapo Roselius, Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap , 2018, p. 94-117Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Artikeln behandlar den svenska borgerlighetens och konservatismens engagemang för den vita sidan i finska inbördeskriget 1918, hur synen på Sveriges roll den europeiska politiken skiftade i det borgerliga lägret och vilken betydelse den svenska hjälpen hade för det vita Finland.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap, 2018
Series
Årsbok för Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap ; 2018
Keywords
Finland 1918, expansionism, storsvenskhet, Oscar Rydbeck, Sven Palme
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37251 (URN)2015/3.1.1/773 (Local ID)9789163989513 (ISBN)2015/3.1.1/773 (Archive number)2015/3.1.1/773 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 14/2015
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Bosdotter, K., Ekdahl, L., Hedén, A. & Roselius, A. (Eds.). (2018). Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling : en antologi. Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling : en antologi
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap, 2018. p. 360
Series
Årsbok för Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap ; 2018
Keywords
Finska inbördeskriget 1918
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37376 (URN)2015/3.1.1/773 (Local ID)9789163989513 (ISBN)2015/3.1.1/773 (Archive number)2015/3.1.1/773 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 14/2015
Available from: 2019-01-23 Created: 2019-01-23 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Ekdahl, L. (2018). Humanitär hjälp och internationell solidaritet: Arbetarrörelsens stödinsatser i inbördeskrigets skugga. In: Kjersti Bosdotter, Lars Ekdahl, Anne Hedén, Aapo Roselius (Ed.), Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling (pp. 300-329). Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Humanitär hjälp och internationell solidaritet: Arbetarrörelsens stödinsatser i inbördeskrigets skugga
2018 (Swedish)In: Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling / [ed] Kjersti Bosdotter, Lars Ekdahl, Anne Hedén, Aapo Roselius, Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap , 2018, p. 300-329Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap, 2018
Series
Årsbok för Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap ; 2018
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37377 (URN)9789163989513 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 14/2015
Available from: 2019-01-23 Created: 2019-01-23 Last updated: 2020-02-26Bibliographically approved
Hedén, A. (2018). Samtida mediebilder av finska inbördeskriget 1918–1919: Desinformationen och tolkningsföreträdet. In: Kjersti Bosdotter, Lars Ekdahl, Anne Hedén, Aapo Roselius (Ed.), Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling (pp. 168-191). Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Samtida mediebilder av finska inbördeskriget 1918–1919: Desinformationen och tolkningsföreträdet
2018 (Swedish)In: Den röda våren 1918: Finska inbördeskriget i nordisk samhällsutveckling / [ed] Kjersti Bosdotter, Lars Ekdahl, Anne Hedén, Aapo Roselius, Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap , 2018, p. 168-191Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Artikeln behandlar pressbevakningen av finska inbördeskriget 1918 i svensk press och hur bevakningen av och desinformationen kring våldshandlingarna i konflikten hade betydelse för hur synen på Finland utvecklades i Sverige. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap, 2018
Series
Årsbok för Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap ; 2018
Keywords
medier, finska inbördeskriget 1918, desinformation, utrikesbevakning, våld
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37252 (URN)2015/3.1.1/773 (Local ID)9789163989513 (ISBN)2015/3.1.1/773 (Archive number)2015/3.1.1/773 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 14/2015
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Co-InvestigatorHedén, Anne
Principal InvestigatorEkdahl, Lars
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
Funder
Period
2016-01-01 - 2018-12-31
National Category
History
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:1784Project, id: 14/2015_OSS

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