1.4.–31.5.2020
Finn Jorsal
My studies are about the Danish professor, author and Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs Hartvig Frisch (1893-1950), who from about 1925 until his death influenced the political and cultural life in Denmark comprehensively. His two most important books were "A History of European Civilization" (1928) and "Plague over Europe. Bolshevism - Fascism - Nazism" (1933), which both had their origin from Frisch's stayes in Rome and Italy. Hartvig Frisch was (as myself) a classical philologist, who had his first office as a teacher in the upper secondary school in 1918. Two years later he had a leave from his school for one year, which he for most of the time spent in Rome getting acquaintance with the Roman antiquity - and the Italian political and cultural life. On one of his excursions in the neighbourhood of Rome he even experienced the at that time rather unknown Benito Mussolini. All that period in the life of Hartvig Frisch is really good known through a lot of letters to his family and friends which are still preserved. He made many reflections about the book which he had begun to plan, and he started to collect material for it. In 1926 Frisch was elected member of the Danish Parliament for the Social Democratic Party, and in these years he was also a keen participant of the political and cultural discussions in Denmark. In the spring of 1928 he was about to finish "A History of European Civilization", and again he had to ask for leave from his school and the parliament to go to Rome, where he wrote the last pages and made his final editing of the huge book of more than 1200 pages. Also this period of his life is very well documented through very many letters. Beside my work with the origin of the two most important books of Hartvig Frisch I also concentrate on his narrow acquaintance with many of the best known Danish authors of his time. Another theme of my coming book will be Frisch's intensive use of the Greek and Roman antiquity in all the different areas, he was occupied with, "the applied antiquity".