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Publication . Article . 2021

Reconnecting Forward: Nasjonal Samling’s Apocalyptic Temporality as a Key to the Fascist Regime of Historicity

Fredrik Wilhelmsen;
Open Access
Published: 24 Jun 2021 Journal: Fascism, volume 10, pages 134-165 (issn: 2211-6249, eissn: 2211-6257, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Brill

Abstract This article analyses the conception of history or ‘regime of historicity’ structuring the ideology of the Norwegian fascist party, Nasjonal Samling (1933–1945). It highlights the value of the theory of palingenetic ultranationalism to the understanding of fascist temporality generically and specifically. Generically, because the findings show how Nasjonal Samling’s regime of historicity followed the same structure of revolution and eternity, decay and rebirth, as other fascist movements did. Specifically, because it also shows how Nasjonal Samling drew heavily on Norwegian national myths. The ideologues of ns recoded these myths, and integrated them into their own palingenetic, apocalyptic, and – after 1935 – antisemitic grand narratives. These crystallized in a triadic scheme, forming a fascist regime of historicity, structured around the myth of past greatness, followed by decadence, combined with a fantasy of a future revolutionary rebirth of the nation.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Historicity Literature business.industry business Fascist regime History Modern history Temporality Key (music)


Sociology and Political Science, History

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