“Make Scandinavia a Bulwark against Fascism!” Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Transnational Anti-Fascist Movement in the Nordic Countries

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic or invited talk


Paper presented in the panel series "Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective: Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism", co-organized by Kasper Braskén (Turku), David Featherstone (Glasgow), Nigel Copsey (Middlesbrough). Comments by Lisa A. Kirschenbaum (West Chester, PA).
Paper presented by Nigel Copsey (Middlesbrough), David Featherstone (Glasgow),
Cathy Bergin (Brighton), Kasper Braskén (Turku), Sandra Pujals (Puerto Rico), Ariel Lambe (Connecticut), Bernhard H. Bayerlein (Bochum), Jonathan Hyslop (Madison County, New York), Sana Tannoury-Karam (Berlin), Federico Ferretti (Dublin).
Panel chair: Holger Weiss

Panel description:
The history of interwar anti-fascism has been dominated by studies confined to nation- al contexts and Eurocentric frameworks. Recent studies have significantly broadened the field and revealed the significance of transnational connections for the European anti-fascist movement. Still, the global history of anti-fascism has remained largely un- explored, analytically disconnected, and in the margins of national narratives. These two panels bring together a group of leading scholars on the history of anti-fascism that will present a first comprehensive analysis of anti-fascism from a transnational, comparative, and global perspective. The proposed panels are based on the forthcom- ing edited volume Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective: Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism (Routledge, spring 2020). The volume is edited by the panel convenors (Kasper Braskén, David Featherstone, and Nigel Copsey) and aims to initiate a critical discussion on the varieties of global anti-fascism and to explore the cultural and political articulations of anti-fascism in global contexts, places and spaces. It will through a number of interlinked case studies examine how different forms of transnational anti-fascism was embedded in various national and local contexts during the interwar period and investigate the interrelations between local articulations and the global movement. Through doing so it will explore the diverse trajectories, agency and solidarities shaped by transnational anti-fascist political activity and enable an innovative global compar-
ison of anti-fascist articulations and practices. In a global perspective, anti-fascism was e.g. by necessity connected to ideas of anti-imperialism, anti-racism, and black internationalism. How were anti-fascist cultures of resistance transferred through transnational connections, and how were they re-articulated / interpreted in various national, ethnic, cultural and political settings? How were anti-fascist solidarities embedded in multiethnic spaces and in the context of European imperialism and anti-imperialism? In which ways were anti-fascist solidarities and resistance cultures forged in contact-zones where political exiles, European and non-European immi- grant communities initiated anti-fascist alliances and how did they affect the artic- ulations of anti-fascism? The edited volume is partially based on draft papers pre- sented at three panels organised, first, at the 2016 European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) in Valencia (World History Network), secondly, at the 2017 ENIUGH Congress in Budapest and, thirdly, at the 2018 ESSHC in Belfast (World History Network). Several new authors have joined the volume after 2018 and we hope to present it to a broader audience of global historians and area specialists. The panels present a new state of the art in the research field but strive also to discuss future paths of transnational and global research.
Period17 Jun 2021
Event titleSixth European Congress on World and Global History
Event typeConference
LocationÅbo, FinlandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • anti-fascism
  • Scandinavia
  • 1933
  • communism