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Scholars Across the Seas: The American Scandinavian Foundation and the Sweden America Foundation in the Trans-Atlantic Exchange of Knowledge
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English, The Swedish Institute for North American Studies.
2008 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 40, no 1-2, 100-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article discusses the academic and cultural relationships between Sweden and the U.S in the early 20th century. It focuses on the activities of two key institutions, the Sweden-America Foundation in Stockholm and the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York. Both foundations were established in the second decade of the 20th century and sought to promote educational and cultural exchanges and contacts between Sweden and the United States. Although the foundations had similar goals, the reasons behind their establishment were quite different. The American foundation had one root in the development of Scandinavian-American ethnic communities. Another source of origin can be traced to a growing interest in medieval England, Old English, and Anglo-Saxon in American universities, in which Scandinavia came to occupy a privileged position. The Swedish foundation was established partly as a result of a Swedish cultural and academic reorientation following World War I, away from Germany towards the U.K. and the U.S. The effects of the work of both foundations have been significant, both in establishing close academic contacts between Sweden and the U.S. and in creating improving and promoting closer cultural and political ties between the two countries.

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2008. Vol. 40, no 1-2, 100-125 p.
Keyword [en]
American-Scandinavian Foundation, Educational exchange, Scandinavian studies, Sweden-America Foundation, Swedish-American cultural contacts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-89312ISI: 000263371600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-89312DiVA: diva2:160039
Available from: 2009-02-11 Created: 2009-02-11 Last updated: 2016-04-25

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