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Intellectual Fascism: Per Engdahl and the Formation of 'New-Swedish Socialism'
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0756-1655
2014 (English)In: Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, ISSN 2211-6249, Vol. 3, no 2, 69-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The focus of this article is the ideological formation of so called ‘New-Swedish Socialism’, an indigenous form of fascist thought formulated by the Swedish ideologue Per Engdahl (1909–1994) in the early 1930s. New-Swedish Socialism should not be equated with either Italian-styled Fascism or National Socialism, but must be seen as an original form of fascist thought. This fascist variant can be described as comparatively flexible, low-key and intellectual. The present analysis of the formation of New- Swedish Socialism follows the model for ideological analysis suggested by the British political scientist Michael Freeden. Freeden’s analytical mode defines an ideology in terms of a core cluster of interrelated and ineliminable political concepts which are essentially contestable. Starting from a definition of generic fascism and using the core concepts that can be identified from this definition, the presence, de-contestation and interrelatedness of these core concepts within New-Swedish Socialism is studied and analyzed. This article addresses whether New-Swedish Socialism can correctly be labelled fascist as well as capturing its special character as a fascist variant in its own right. The study has been limited to the ideological formation process in the early and mid-1930s but Engdahl remained an important influence on Swedish as well as European fascism throughout his life.

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Brill Academic Publishers, 2014. Vol. 3, no 2, 69-92 p.
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ideological formation; Sweden; interwar period; Swedish fascism; fascist variants; Per Engdahl; Nysvenska Rörelsen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97837DOI: 10.1163/22116257-00302001OAI: diva2:776886
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2015-05-04Bibliographically approved

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