Sorensen on Breivik’s Totalitarianism, Friday 21 September, HT-102: 12–13

The next event in the lecture series jointly organised by RNH and AECR, the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, on “Europe of the Victims”, will be a lecture given by Norwegian historian Dr. Oystein Sorensen on “Anders Breivik’s Totalitarian Mindset”. There Sorensen will analyse the political ideas of the notorious Norwegian mass killer. The lecture will take place in Haskolatorg (University Centre) Room HT-102, Friday 21 September at noon, from 12 to 13. It is co-sponsored by the Icelandic Atlantic Alliance, Vardberg, and its chairman, former Justice Minister Bjorn Bjarnason, will chair the meeting.

Oystein Sorensen, born 1954 in Norway, received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Oslo where he is now Professor of History. He has published biographies of Fridtjof Nansen and Bjornstjerne Bjornson and written on various historical subjects, such as the development of Norwegian national consciousness in the 19th Century. In 2010, he published the book Drommen om de fullkomne samfunn (Dreaming about Perfect Societies), criticizing the totalitarian tendencies in fascism, nazism, communism and islamism. There, he traces Stalinism to its origins in Marxism. In 2011, Sorensen co-edited Ideologi og terror (Ideology and Terror), a collection of papers by various authors. His most recent publication is an analysis of the totalitarian mindset of Anders B. Breivik.

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