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Danish Unity

A Political Party between Fascism and Resistance 1936-1947

The political party Danish Unity originated in 1936 and can be seen in the context of general European Fascism. It was impressed by German National Socialism, but also held important reservations against it due to Danish Unity’s own Christian and national standpoint. During the German occupation 1940-1945, Danish Unity contributed substantially to the resistance movement, and after the liberation it tried to re-define its ideology under inspiration from the Christian democratic parties in France, Italy and Germany.

312 pages

History: Military History

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Table of Contents


1. Modern Man. Arne Sørensen’s Cultural Criticism 1933-36

2. Danish Political Unity. Party Founding 1936

3. Christianity and Politics

4. The Ten Items From the Fuglsø Meeting in 1937

5. The Reality of Power. Internal Disputes 1937-38

6. The National League 1938

7. Denmark’s future. Political work 1938-39

8. The Merger with National Cooperation in 1939 and the Start of the World War

9. Conservatism, right-wing radicalism, Fascism. Danish Unity’s position in the ideological spectrum of the inter-war period

      9.1 The theoretical framework

      9.2 The ideology: The position towards democracy and state power 

      9.3 The ideology: The tensions between tradition and renewal, middle-class attitudes and socialism

      9.4 The ideology: Nationalism and Christianity

      9.5 Danish Unity as an ideological alternative to liberalism

10. Danish Unity, the middle class and the failing response

      10.1 Social basis

      10.2 Fascism’s possibilities in Danish society

      10.3 Status of Danish Unity at the beginning of 1940

11. Danish Unity Now. Our Future after April 9, 1940

12. About saying Yes – and No. The Cooperation with Vilhelm la Cour 1941-42

13. Our Political Responsibility Now. Danish Unity between Loyalty and Provocation 1941-42

14. Danish Unity and the Illegal Resistance 1942-43

15. Danish and Nordic Unity. Organisational Progress and Political Waiting 1941-42

16. Looking towards the Post-War. The 1943 Parliamentary Election

17. Danish Unity between the Policy of Negotiation and Resistance

18. Danish Unity and the Illegal Resistance 1943-45

      18.1 Illegal press and publication activities

      18.2 The relationship to Holger Danske

      18.3 The reception organisation in Jutland

      18.4 Military groups in Copenhagen

      18.5 Military groups in the provinces

19. Danish Unity as a Resistance Organization

20. Arne Sørensen between the Freedom Council and the Politicians 1943-45

21. Danish Unity as a Government Party. The Summer of the Liberation 1945

22. New Politics for a New Era. Post-War Programme and Liberation Election

23. Christian Realism. The Attempt to Redefine Danish Unity’s Ideological Foundations 1945-47

24. South Schleswig. The Single Issue that became dominant

25. How Things have Changed. Internal Disputes 1946-47

26. Epilogue. After 1947

27. Anti-Fascism, Communitarianism and the Post-War Period


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