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From Neutrality to Membership: Sweden and the United Nations, 1941 to 1946
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.
2016 (English)In: Contemporary European History, ISSN 0960-7773, E-ISSN 1469-2171, Vol. 25, no 1, 75-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden's relationship with the United Nations fluctuated considerably between 1941 and 1946. This article examines how the Nordic country's own security interests were sometimes viewed as compatible and sometimes at odds with membership of the United Nations. The discussions surrounding Sweden's accession to the United Nations and actions of its first delegates to the international organisation are explored at length. So too is the discrepancy between Sweden's reputation for neutrality and its enthusiastic support for the United Nations, on the one hand, and its internal debates and policy decisions during the 1940s, on the other. Finally, the article explores the ways in which Sweden used the United Nations as an arena in which to manifest both its indifference to security alignment and its exceptionalism in world affairs.

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Cambridge, 2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 75-95 p.
Keyword [en]
World War Two
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History Globalization Studies
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Historical Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29117DOI: 10.1017/S096077731500048XISI: 000368261900006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84955462297OAI: diva2:894049
German Research Foundation (DFG)
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

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