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Credo and Totalitarianism:: Attitudes to Communism, Nazism, Fascism, and the Franco and Salazar Regimes in a Swedish Catholic Journal, 1922–1945
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
(English)In: Journal of contemporary history, ISSN 0022-0094, E-ISSN 1461-7250Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
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This article provides the first scholarly investigation of of the relationship between Swedish Catholicism and the totalitarian ideologies during the first half of the twentieth century. It shows that the journal viewed Communism very negatively; Nazism mostly negative, but occasionally in a positive way; Italian Fascism mostly positively; the authoritarian regimes in Spain and Portugal were portrayed in a very positive way. One tendency that was revealed by the study was that anti-Communism was in most cases combined with anti-Semitism. The journal never took a stand for, or defended, the Jews in Europe in their plight under National Socialism.

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Sweden, Totalitarianism, National Socialism, Communism, Catholicism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82360OAI: diva2:567389
Available from: 2012-11-12 Created: 2012-11-12 Last updated: 2013-03-09

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