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Authors:Lill Eilertsen: University of Oslo, Norway
Publication title:Freedom Loving Northerners: Norwegian Independence As Narrated in Three National Museums
Conference:Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:078
Article No.:013
Abstract:After undergoing three different liberation processes during a relatively short period of time – from a dynastic union with Denmark in 1814; from a personal union with Sweden in 1905 and from German occupation in 1945 – independence has become an important term for defining a national and cultural identity in Norway. The narratives presented in this report all refer to an old European mythological construct of Northmen’s independent and freedom loving character: The Museum of Cultural History presents a Viking ideal of brave and inventive explorers; while the independent Norwegian farmer is portrayed at the Norwegian Folk Museum. A series of stories of Norwegians fighting for autonomy is offered by the Armed Forces Museums. Norwegian Museum authors unite the mythological basis of Scandinavism to a Grand Narrative of Norway; distancing it from the earlier cultural and political dominance of Denmark and Swedenm; saluting the medieval kingdom of Norway.
Language:English
Year:2012
No. of pages:38
Pages:179-216
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/078/013/ecp12078013.pdf
Available:2012-10-30
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Lill Eilertsen (2012). Freedom Loving Northerners: Norwegian Independence As Narrated in Three National Museums, Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=078;article=013 (accessed 10/21/2014)