‘The Catholic danger’. Anti-Catholicism and the formation of a Nordic national identity 1815-1965

  • Werner, Yvonne Maria (PI)
  • Jarlert, Anders (PI)
  • Maurits, Alexander (PI)
  • Blaschke, Olaf (PI)
  • Wolffe, John (PI)
  • Borutta, Manuel (PI)
  • Fabricius Møller, Jes (PI)
  • Østergård, Uffe (PI)
  • Harvard, Jonas (PI)
  • Elmgren, Ainur (PI)
  • Newby, Andrew G. (PI)
  • Haynes, Clare (PI)
  • Stevens, Laura (PI)
  • Norseth, Kristin (PI)
  • Oftestad, Bernt (PI)
  • Hagen, Edwina (PI)

Project: Research

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Layman's description

Tales about treacherous Jesuits and scheming popes have historically formed an important part of Scandinavian culture. But whereas topics such as anti-Semitism in recent years have seen increased attention from scholars, the Scandinavian history of anti-Catholicism still stands out as a neglected field of study.

The main purpose of the project is to investigate the significance of anti-Catholicism in the construction of Scandinavian identity, which expressions it took and how it changed over time. Crucial here is the relationship between the existence of a common body of European ideas and developments specific to the Nordic countries. The project hypothesises that anti-Catholicism played an important part in the conceptions of Scandinavian national identity that developed during the nineteenth century, and that Catholicism came to serve as a counter-image to the notion of ‘national’ values articulated in the same period.
Effective start/end date2011/01/012016/12/31