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Scandinavia and the Great Powers 1890–1940

  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521891028

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  • At the beginning of the twentieth century Scandinavia lay on the margin of European power politics, but with the polarisation of international relations in the era of the two world wars, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden became the point where the spheres of influence of three great powers - Great Britain, Germany and Russia - intersected. In this book, Patrick Salmon uses his extensive research in British, German and Scandinavian archives to examine the position of the Nordic countries in the great-power rivalries and conflicts of the period 1890–1940. However, it does not treat the Nordic countries merely as passive victims. It seeks to show that, despite the disparity in strength between the great powers and the small states of northern Europe, the latter had means of adapting to great-power pressures and even influencing the policies of their formidable neighbours.

    • Covers all four Nordic countries
    • Discusses the relationship between economic and political power in international relations
    • Throws light on issues such as British appeasement in the 1930s, objectives of Soviet foreign policy between the wars, Nazi racism and expansionism
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    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521891028
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.719kg
    • contains: 3 maps 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Definitions
    Map
    Introduction
    1. The end of isolation: Scandinavia and the modern world
    2. Scandinavia in European diplomacy 1899–1914
    3. The war of the future: Scandinavia in the strategic plans of the great powers
    4. Neutrality preserved: Scandinavia and the First World War
    5. The Nordic countries between the wars
    6. Confrontation and co-existence: Scandinavia and the great powers after the First World War
    7. Britain, Germany and the Nordic economies 1916–1936
    8. Power, ideology and markets: Great Britain, Germany and Scandinavia 1933–1939
    9. Scandinavia and the coming of the Second World War
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Patrick Salmon, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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