1st Edition

Nordic Experiences in Pan-nationalisms A Reappraisal and Comparison, 1840–1940

Edited By Ruth Hemstad, Peter Stadius Copyright 2023
    300 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to reassess and shed new light on pan-nationalisms in general and on Scandinavianism/Nordism in particular, by seeing them as possible futures and as interconnected ideas and practices across and beyond Europe.

    An actor- and practice-oriented approach is applied at the expense of more essentialist categorisations of what pan-nationalism is, or is not, to underline both the synchronic and diachronic diversity of various pan-national movements. A range of expert international scholars discuss encounters, transfers, similarities and differences among pan-movements in Norden and Europe based on a broad empirical material, focusing on Scandinavianism/Nordism, pan-Slavism, pan-Turanism, pan-Germanism and Greater Netherlandism, and the position of Britishness in Great Britain.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of nationalism, European history, European studies and Scandinavian studies, history, social science, political geography, civil society and literary studies.

    1. Ruth Hemstad and Peter Stadius, Introduction: Scandinavianism and Nordism in a Europe of Pan-national Movements 2. Joep Leerssen, Quixotic? Not Quite: On the Failures and Legacy of Macronational Movements Part I: Scandinavianism and Great Power Politics 3. Morten Nordhagen Ottosen, Scandinavian Windows of Opportunity, 1848‒1858 4. Rasmus Glenthøj, Highwater for Political Scandinavianism, 1863‒1865 5. Evgenii Egorov, Russian Empire and Pan-Scandinavianism: Grasping a Moving Target, 1840‒1870 Part II: Pan-movements, International Influences and Networks 6. Niri Ragnvald Johnsen, Pan-nationalism Across Borders: Scandinavianism and International Influences 7. Mikael Björk-Winberg and Evgenii Egorov, Émigré Communities and Networks of Pan-national Activists in the Nordic Region: Emil von Qvanten & Mikhail Bakunin, Part III Nation-building and Region-building: From Scandinavianism to Nordism 8. Anna Bohlin, Literature and the Construction of Scandinavian Peoples in Relation to Scandinavianism 9. Ruth Hemstad, A Greater Scandinavia. Pan-Scandinavian Associations within and beyond the Region 10. Peter Stadius, Nordism as a Remake of the Scandinavian-Nordic Pan-nationalism Part IV: European Pan-movements: Comparative Perspectives 11. Tim van Gerven, Constructive Forgetting and Reconciliatory Memory in Nineteenth-Century Historical Fiction: A Comparative Perspective on Scandinavianism, Pan-Germanism, and Greater Netherlandism 12. Alvin Jackson, The ‘Celtic nations’, Britishness and the United Kingdom, 1800‒1925 13. Ainur Elmgren, An Unforgettable Virtue: To Struggle for the Freedom of Turkic Nations in the Far North of Europe 14. Stefano Petrungaro, Pan-Slavism, its Ambiguities and Conflicting Interpretations


    Ruth Hemstad is Associate Professor II at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, and Research Librarian in History at the Department of Collections and Research, National Library of Norway.

    Peter Stadius is Professor of Nordic Studies and Research Director, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki.