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Sweden, the Swastika and StalinThe Swedish experience in the Second World War$
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John Gilmour

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627462

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627462.001.0001

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Wartime Power and Personalities

Wartime Power and Personalities

(p.22) 2 Wartime Power and Personalities
Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin

John Gilmour

Edinburgh University Press

Sweden had developed and reinforced its liberal, democraticinstitutions since the beginning of the century. This enabled the country’s politicians to see off the fractious extremists during the Twenties and Thirties by offering realistic alternatives to Nazi and Bolshevik visions of society. Party conflict took place within a parliamentary setting and not on the streets. Sweden was indeed a working democracy in 1939 although its institutions and wartime Coalition Government would be soon tested by the demands and expectations of both the totalitarian and democratic belligerents.

Keywords:   Per Albin Hansson, Gösta Bagge, Karl Gustav Westman, Christian Günther, Per Albin Hansson, Ernst Wigforss, Per-Edvin Sköld, Erik Boheman, Gunnar Hägglöf

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