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Nordic War Stories: World War II as History, Fiction, Media, and Memory

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Nordic War Stories

World War II as History, Fiction, Media, and Memory

Edited by Marianne Stecher-Hansen

362 pages, 20 illus., biblog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-961-7 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (February 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-962-4 eBook

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“The fascinating chapters in Nordic War Stories reveal the vastly different fates of the five Nordic countries concerning occupation, resistance, neutrality and engagement.” • Marianne N. Soleim, The Arctic University of Norway


Situated on Europe’s northern periphery, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden found themselves caught between warring powers during World War II. Ultimately, these nations survived the conflict as sovereign states whose wartime experiences have profoundly shaped their historiography, literature, cinema and memory cultures. Nordic War Stories explores the commonalities and divergences among the five Nordic countries, examining national historiographies alongside representations of the war years in canonical literary works, travel writing, and film media. Together, they comprise a valuable companion that challenges the myth of Scandinavian homogeneity while demonstrating the powerful influence that the war continues to exert on national identities.

Marianne Stecher-Hansen is a Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present Media Studies
Area: Northern Europe


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