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Bruket av Haslisägnen: i svensk och schweizisk historieskrivning under 1800-talet
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The use of the Hasli legend : in Swedish and Swiss history during the 19th century (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis was to compare the use of the Hasli legend in Sweden and Switzerland during the 19th century. The Hasli legend, which derives from the middle ages, talks about Swedes and Frisians that emigrated to the central part of Switzerland. By comparing the use of the myth in the two nations I wanted to analyze how it was used for shaping identities and how the use varied with, and was affected by, the social context. I have studied historians work about the national Swedish and Swiss history, published during the 19th century. I chose the comparative method and have taken the social context and transnational aspects into consideration. The use of the myth was more uniform in Sweden than in Switzerland, but in both countries the myth was related to the nation and its origin. The national identity is emphasized, but is overlapping other identities. In both countries the use of the myth originates from the ideas of nationalism and national romanticism, but while the use of the myth in Sweden can be explained by the Gothicism and the idea of a Scandinavian nation, the use of the myth in Switzerland was a result of the creation of the Swiss nation in the 19th century.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna uppsats var att undersöka Haslisagans identitetsskapande funktion i Sverige och Schweiz under 1800-talet. Sägnen som härstammar från medeltiden handlar om att utvandrare från Sverige och Friesland ska ha bosatt sig i Schweiz. Genom att jämföra bruket av sägnen i de två nationella rummen ville jag undersöka hur skapandet av identiteter varierade med och påverkades av den samhälleliga kontexten. Jag har undersökt historikers verk utgivna under 1800-talet, som behandlar den schweiziska respektive svenska nationella historien. Bruket av sägnen har undersökts genom en komparativ ansats, där den samhälleliga kontexten och transnationella aspekter har tagits i beaktande i analysen av resultatet. Undersökningen visar att bruket av sägnen var mer enhetligt i Sverige än i Schweiz, men i samtliga verk länkas sägnen samman med den egna nationen och dess ursprung. Den nationella identiteten betonas, men är överlappande med andra identiteter. Bruket av sägnen kan i båda länderna länkas samman med nationalismen och nationalromantiska idéer, men medan det svenska bruket av sägnen förklaras med göticistiska och samskandinaviska idéer, så svarar det schweiziska bruket av sägnen mot behovet att skapa en schweizisk nation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
use of history, legend, comparative method, Sweden, Switzerland, identity, identity formation
Keyword [sv]
historiebruk, sägen, komparativ metod, Sverige, Schweiz, identitet, identitetsskapande
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33095OAI: diva2:731605
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Available from: 2014-07-02 Created: 2014-07-01 Last updated: 2014-07-02Bibliographically approved

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