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Comics on struggle for hearts and minds: Swedish comics during the Second World War
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2015 (English)In: Katapult Magazin, ISSN http://katapult-magazin.deArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Comics as "cultural artefacts" say a lot about the time and the society in which they were created; they can broaden our horizons on the most recent past. During World War II they became part of the psychological warfare - even in Sweden. The publishing house "Bonniers" published comics after Swedish national epics, such as "Fältskärns berättelser", "Karolinerna" and "Röde Orm". But in 1943 all nationalistic propaganda was discarded and comic strips from the USA were most welcome. Since 1942, these comics have been part of the psychological warfare, with precise instructions issued by the Office of War Information (OWI) and the Writers' War Board (WWB). Successfully, they spread American values throughout Sweden. They encouraged hate towards fascism and Nazism, promoted the achievements of the allies and influenced numerous readers in Sweden towards democracy.

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Greifswald: http://katapult-magazin.de , 2015.
Keyword [en]
Comics, Comic Strips, Psychological Operations, PSYOPS, Second World War, Sweden
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251467OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-251467DiVA: diva2:806213
Entertainment or Propaganda. Comic Strips in Sweden during World War II
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P12-1095:1
Available from: 2015-04-19 Created: 2015-04-19 Last updated: 2015-04-19

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