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

Project: Research

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


Related research output

Yvonne Maria Werner (ed.) & Harvard, J. (ed.), 2013, Rodopi. (European Studies: An Interdisciplinary Series in European Culture, History and Politics.; vol. 31)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology (editor)

Yvonne Maria Werner & Jonas, H., 2013, Anti-Catholicism in a Comparative and Transnational Perspective. Werner, Y. M. (ed.). Rodopi, Vol. 31.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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