The Black Thread (Innbundet)

European radicalism on the right from 1920 to the present.

Author:

Øyvind Strømmen

Norwegian title: Den sorte tråden
Norwegian subtitle: Europeisk høyreradikalisme fra 1920 til i dag
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2013
Pages: 432
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202370282
Overview Den sorte tråden

When terror hit Norway on the 22nd July 2011, the freelance journalist Øyvind Strømmen had already spent several years studying right-wing extremism on the internet. During the confused days following the explosions of the bomb, his was the voice that could offer some kind of perspective on these incomprehensible events.

In Det mørke nettet (2011) he showed that the attitudes and hatreds manifest in Oslo and on Utøya on 22nd July could be traced back into our own past and to right-wing extremist parties and groups all across Europe. In Den sorte tråden, Strømmen follows radicalism on the right further back in time and gives an overview of this form of extremist ideas, from the fascism of the 1920s, via the late 1960s skinheads – in Norway, the 1990s boot-boys – to the contrajihadism of today.

Strømmen is still a young man, but has already established himself as one of the leading authorities in this field. In 2011, he was voted the “Freelancer of the Year”. In Den sorte
tråden
, he is adding to the foundations of what looks certain to become a long and important career as a writer.

‘It is warmly recommended to all who want to understand more about extreme actions and extreme lines of thought. But, better read it in day-light.’ “
Dice points: 5 Fædrelandsvennen

‘A clear account for those who want to grasp what European right-wing extremism is all about ... Today’s politicians must find the courage to confront worlds of thought that are so hostile to mankind. Strømmen is a model of clarity on this topic. He deserves gratitude for this important book.’
Vårt Land

‘A well-written, educational and very well-informed book and, besides, exceptionally timely.
Klassekampen

‘The strength of this book lies in its detailed presentations of different movements, from the socially acceptable anti-Semitism of the 19th century to today’s marginalised but noisy contra-jihadists. Strømmen delivers solid documentation.’
Dagsavisen

‘Strømmen has completed a massive task in order to establish a narrative that exposes the continuity of political violence, including in Norway. It follows that Den sorte tråden is a very important contribution, not only to public understanding, but also for those who write about Norway’s history.’
Aftenposten

‘… reliable and engaging about political extremism.’
Stavanger Aftenblad

‘And Den sorte tråden meets one’s expectations. Strømmen’s historical overview is at best very thoroughly backed by research into primary sources, full of detail and easy to read. The author has a striking ability to follow up lines of thought and perceive ideological parallels across country boundaries. Few others in Norway combine Strømmen’s insight into the history of right-wing extremism, political mass movements and the radical internet forums with his journalist’s instinct and eagerness to investigate the news of the day.’
Minerva

‘Øyvind Strømmen has written and interesting and useful book’
Dag og tid

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Reviews from Den sorte tråden
"Tydelig verk for den som ønsker å forstå Europas høyreradikalisme. [...] Dagens politikere må ha mot til å konfrontere menneskefiendtlig tankegods. Her er Strømmen forbilledlig tydelig. Han fortjener takk for en viktig bok."Eskil Skjeldal, Vårt Land
"Den anbefales varmt til alle som ønsker å forstå ekstreme handlinger og ekstremt tankegods bedre. Men den bør helst leses i dagslys."
 
Tarjei Leer-Salvesen , Fædrelandsvennen
"velskriven, pedagogisk og svært velorientert bok, og den er ikkje minst høgaktuell."Jon Langdal, Klassekampen
"Bokas styrke er den detaljerte fremstillingen av ulike strømninger, fra 1800-tallets stuerene antisemittisme til dagens marginale, men høylytte kontrajihadister. Strømmen leverer solid dokumentasjon"Ivar A. Iversen, Dagsavisen
"Strømmen har gjort et solid arbeid med å etablere en fortelling som viser den politiske voldens kontinuitet, også i Norge. Den sorte tråden er dermed et svært viktig bidrag, ikke bare til offentligheten, men også til norsk historieskriving."Mona Ringvej, Aftenposten
"Etterrettelig og engasjerende om politisk ekstremisme"Ole Kallelid, Stavanger Aftenblad
"Og Den sorte tråden innfrir. Strømmens historiske gjennomgang er på sitt beste svært grundig kildebelagt, detaljrik og lettfattelig. Forfatterens evne til å trekke tråder og se ideologiske paralleller på tvers av landegrenser, tiår og medier, er slående. Det er få andre i Norge som besitter Strømmens kombinasjon av innsikt i høyreekstremismens historie, politiske massebevegelser og radikale nettforum med journalistisk teft og iver etter å grave i det dagsaktuelle."Eirik Vatnøy, Minerva
"Øyvind Strømmen har skrive ei interessant og nyttig bok"Nikolai Brandal, Dag og tid

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