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On the Trail of Interwar Scandinavian Internationalism

Two new articles from Andreas Mørkved Hellenes investigate the transnational experiences of Scandinavians in the interwar period.

Postdoc Andreas Mørkved Hellenes recently published two peer-reviewed articles that contribute to our understanding about the sites and networks important for the international spread of Nordic ideas during the interwar period.

Along with researcher Nikolas Glover, Andreas explores the ideas and motivations behind Swedish pavillions at world's fairs at the end of the 1930s in "A ‘Swedish Offensive’ at the World's Fairs: Advertising, Social Reformism and the Roots of Swedish Cultural Diplomacy, 1935–1939." In planning and implementing these  pavilions, a transnational network of communicators utilized state funds and the opportunities presented by crises in capitalism and democracy to present Sweden for international audiences.

In "Pilgrims and Missionaries of Social Peace: Geneva and Pontigny as Sites of Scandinavian Internationalism in Late Interwar Europe," Andreas brings a very different group into focus, following the international experiences of working-class Scandinavians in the Nordic Folk Schools, along with the humanistic centre created by French philosopher Paul Desjardins in Pontigny. At these sites, Nordism and Swedish social democratic reforms were present and disseminated, again being situated as solutions to crises in democracy and capitalism.

Congratulations on two excellent articles Andreas!