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A small separate fatherland of our own: regional history writing and regional identity on islands in the Baltic Sea
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History. Historiska institutionen, Uppsala Universitet.
2014 (English)In: Island Studies Journal, ISSN 1715-2593, Vol. 9, no 1, 135-154 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gotland, Åland, Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Bornholm are five islands in the Baltic Sea which constitute, or have until recently constituted, provinces or counties. Combining perspectives from the fields of island studies and history, this article investigates how regional history writing has contributed to the formation of regional identity on each island since the year 1800. The special geographic situation of the islands somewhat secluded from the mainland but also connected to important waterways has provided their inhabitants with shared historical experiences. Due to varying geographic and historical circumstances, the relationship between regional and national identity is however different on each island. While regional history writing has often aimed at integrating the island into the nation state, it has on Åland in the 20th century been used to portray its inhabitants as a separate nation.

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2014. Vol. 9, no 1, 135-154 p.
Keyword [en]
Åland, Bornholm, Gotland, Hiiumaa, island studies, regional identity, Saaremaa, uses of history
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Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24067ISI: 000335719000010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84901653098Local ID: 1741/42/2008OAI: diva2:724414
Islands of Identity
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2014-06-12 Created: 2014-06-12 Last updated: 2015-05-06Bibliographically approved

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