Reform and revolution in Scandinavia, 1917–1919 : Entangled histories and visions of the future
Ihalainen, P., & Kinnunen, T. (2019). Reform and revolution in Scandinavia, 1917–1919 : Entangled histories and visions of the future. Scandinavian Journal of History, 44(2), 143-149. https://doi.org/10.1080/03468755.2018.1511469
Published inScandinavian Journal of History
DisciplineYleinen historiaGeneral History
© 2018 The Author(s).
The articles in this special issue, entitled Reform and Revolution in Scandinavia, 1917–1919: Entangled Histories and Visions of the Future, deal with the political turmoil in Scandinavia in the late 1910s, accelerated by the First World War and the revolutions in Russia in February/March and October/November 1917 and eventually in Germany in the autumn of 1918. Their special focus is on the political debates about reform and revolution and the related visions of the future of political order and social structures in national contexts and across borders. The articles examine how actors with different agendas in different contexts exploited the opportunities opened up by a window of change. None of the Scandinavian countries were directly involved in the theatre of war, but the whole of Scandinavia was associated with the hostilities in many other ways. The revolutionary processes in Russia affected Finland directly but – reflecting the events spreading from Petrograd – the debates about the legitimacy of the established political order intensified in all Scandinavian countries. The articles demonstrate how the debates and political processes took diverse forms in varying national contexts but were often more dependent on international relations, transnationally interconnected and entangled, than has traditionally been recognized in nation-state-centred historiographies. ...
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