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  • Series: Societies at War
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 1 edition (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748627472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748627479
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gives the reader a fresh and authoritative view of wartime Sweden, from the nation's dealings with Nazi Germany to everyday life and social change. More controversially, Gilmour assesses key decisions by the Swedish leadership and tackles post-war questions about Swedish actions in the era of the Holocaust -- Professor Krister Wahlback, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs It is so rare to have a scholar so competent in the source material of Sweden during the Second World War ...no book in English has managed to give such a comprehensive picture. -- Jonas Frykman, Professor of European Ethnology, Lund University Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin (2010) is the first modern book in English to cover just about all major aspects of Sweden during WWII. It should become required reading for all students of 20th century Scandinavian history. -- Lars Gyllenhaal, Swedish Military History Commission Gilmour has the ability of bringing together various aspects of history, in particular its political, military and diplomatic dimensions, which makes his book useful also for Swedish-speaking readers. Remarkably, there is at the moment no equivalent introduction available in Swedish. -- Johan Ostling, Department of History, Lund University Unlike Boethius, Gilmour has built an argument from the sources rather than an emotional approach towards Swedish conduct. -- Major Claes Henrikson, Militar Historia Gives the reader a fresh and authoritative view of wartime Sweden, from the nation's dealings with Nazi Germany to everyday life and social change. More controversially, Gilmour assesses key decisions by the Swedish leadership and tackles post-war questions about Swedish actions in the era of the Holocaust It is so rare to have a scholar so competent in the source material of Sweden during the Second World War ...no book in English has managed to give such a comprehensive picture. Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin (2010) is the first modern book in English to cover just about all major aspects of Sweden during WWII. It should become required reading for all students of 20th century Scandinavian history. Gilmour has the ability of bringing together various aspects of history, in particular its political, military and diplomatic dimensions, which makes his book useful also for Swedish-speaking readers. Remarkably, there is at the moment no equivalent introduction available in Swedish. Unlike Boethius, Gilmour has built an argument from the sources rather than an emotional approach towards Swedish conduct.

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Gives the reader a fresh and authoritative view of wartime Sweden, from the nation's dealings with Nazi Germany to everyday life and social change. More controversially, Gilmour assesses key decisions by the Swedish leadership and tackles post-war questions about Swedish actions in the era of the Holocaust

(Professor Krister Wahlbäck, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Brunet on December 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Independent scholar Gilmour here offers a mostly narrative survey of Sweden in World War II. It is divided into two parts: the first six chapters provide a chronolgy of political events; while the remaining chapters cover such topics as propaganda, race, or life on the home front. Sweden's response to the second rise of Germany was strongly influenced by its experience in World War I. Sweden, who depended on foreign trade through both World Wars suffered severe food shortages in the last year of the forst war caused, in part, by a tendentious and overbearing manner (P.8) towards the allies. This would color Allied interaction with the Swedes in WWII. As Germany rearmed in the 1930's, Swedish policy became a more low-key but more firmly neutral. This "small state realism" understood that Sweden was surrounded by the Nazi's on three sides and, just on the other side of Finland, a German client state, was the USSR, a traditional foe. As the war progressed and, as Norway's unfortunate experience under the Reich became more widely known, Tte populace increasingly sided with the allies, thus compounding the difficutly of maintaining offical neutrality.

It is based pimarily on Swedish language secondary sources. Despite the title, there are no Russian sources and Stalin figures in the narrative only as a not-so-distant enemy that the Swedes fear as least as much as the Nazis. There are also no German language sources, few U.K. sources and a smidgen of U.S. sources. America is noted as the principal petroleum supplier for Sweden and for a "hectoring" Foreign Ministry (ie., the U.S. Department of State) and the attack on Pearl Harbor is reported as taking place on Dec. 6, 1941! Gilmour exhibits a bit of the traditional U.K. academic's condescension towards all things American.
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By Amazon Queen on October 12, 2014
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I needed something in English for a college paper on Sweden's role in WWII. This book almost literally saved my life. I can't imagine the work Mr. Gilmour put into this book--the research must have taken ages. But here is a book that covers Sweden during that war torn era, from the politics to daily life and everything in between. If you are interested in Sweden, or if you need something to educate yourself on Sweden's history, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It's easy to read, easy to follow, engaging, and informative with exhaustive sourcing cited.
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