'Socialism' in Sweden

Hansson, Sven Ove
December 1995
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter95, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p37
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the concept of socialism in Sweden. The words socialism and socialist appear to have been first used among the Owenites in the early 1820s and in the early nineteenth century, but socialism was used in a much wider sense than now. In the 1840s, when the word socialism was used in Swedish newspapers, it refers to ideas with French origin. Swedish writers carefully differentiated socialism and communism. The first Swedish dictionary definition of communism was said to be a political sect that aims at community of property and division of all returns from labor and the definitions of socialism fall into two major groups: the political doctrine that requires community of work and the proportionate distribution of all incomes and all burdens of the state.


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