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National Revanchism at a Critical Juncture: Sweden’s Near-Involvement in the Crimean War as a Study in Swedish Nationalism

Kuldkepp, M; (2019) National Revanchism at a Critical Juncture: Sweden’s Near-Involvement in the Crimean War as a Study in Swedish Nationalism. Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies , 58 (2) pp. 115-133. Green open access

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Abstract

This article argues that the persistent revanchist feelings in Sweden vis-à-vis Russia over the loss of Finland in 1809 constitute a broad undercurrent in Sweden’s otherwise peaceful modern history. The Franco-British attempts to draw Sweden into the Crimean War (1853–1856) against Russia are studied as an example of one such ‘critical juncture’ that brought Sweden very close to joining a war with the expectation of reconquering Finland. Facilitated by the development of the modern public sphere in Sweden, the war enthusiasm in the Swedish liberal press reflected a deeply-felt national humiliation over the defeat in 1809, but also linked to anxieties over the development of Finnish (Fennoman) nationalism and the possibilities of realising the goals of the Scandinavianist movement.

Type: Article
Title: National Revanchism at a Critical Juncture: Sweden’s Near-Involvement in the Crimean War as a Study in Swedish Nationalism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.scandinavica.net/article/13227-nationa...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Sweden, Finland, Scandinavism (Scandinavianism), Crimean War
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10098600
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