Transnational and Local Memories of World War I in Sweden: the Case of Bohuslän

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After the WWI Battle of Jutland in 1916, hundreds of dead British and German marines drifted ashore on the beaches of the region of Bohuslän in western Sweden. They were buried in local cemeteries, until the remains of most of the soldiers were reburied in Gothenburg in the 1960s. The chapter focuses on two local Bohuslän memory cultures in relation to the sailors and their graves. It seeks to identify factors facilitating remembrance of the fallen Other in the two local communities, focusing on the importance of materiality for the perseverance of memory as well as on the role of transnational factors linking the graves to wider circles of memory. In this regard it also takes into account the shifting interpretations in German memory cultures of one of the dead marines, the writer Gorch Fock.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarrating Otherness in Poland and Sweden
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean heritage as a Discourse of Inclusion and Exclusion
EditorsKrzysztof Kowalski, Lucja Piekarska-Duraj, Barbara Törnquist-Plewa
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
ISBN (Print)978-3-631-78392-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May

Publication series

NameStudies in European Integration, State and Society

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History
  • Cultural Studies


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