“History and Nation-Branding in the Nordic Region”, special issue of Scandinavian Journal of History, Volume 47, Issue 5 (2022).
Entitled ‘History and Nation-Branding in the Nordic Region’, the aim of this special issue is to shed light on the uses and roles of history in past or more contemporary efforts of Nordic reimagining. It does so by combing two different fields or ways of understanding and researching the Nordic region and countries for mutual benefit: research on various portrayals of the Nordics, including Nordic exceptionalism and Nordic nation- and region-branding, and research focusing on the use of history and collective memory. In short, the articles presented examine the strategic use of history and historical memories in the imagining of the Nordic countries as different from or similar to each other or because the contexts where these notions of the past were being constructed and used demanded it.
The issue is guest edited by Svein Ivar Angell & Eirinn Larsen and it is delivered by the UiO:Nordic project "Nordic Branding: The Politics of Exceptionalism". For more information on the project, see project website.