The four Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland experienced the effects of the German invasion in April 1940 in very different ways.
Today, we believe that it will be instructive to review the immediate and long-term influences on each countryís self-image and national identity as viewed today. This is the main purpose of the conference.
The conference has been structured to enable historians from each country and Nordic scholars to review the last 70 years and to share issues of interpretation and commemoration with each other and their European counterparts.
Collaboration, resistance, concessions, and co-belligerency were only some of the short term consequences.
Each Scandinavian countryís historiography of the period has undergone enormous changes in the 70 years since the invasion to an extent which is little appreciated and understood outside the countries involved.
The organisers intend to publish the papers from the conference in order to make available the significant insights and debates that are anticipated.
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