Finland In The New Europe

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Jakobson tells the story of a small nation that has emerged a winner from the ordeals of the twentieth century. Finland is still widely remembered for its successful resistance against Soviet attempts to subjugate it during World War II, but less is known about the skillful balancing act by which Finns preserved their independence and way of life during the Cold War. Finland is in fact one of the few European nations that can claim an unbroken record of democratic rule ever since the beginning of the 20th century.

By joining the European Union, Finland has now finally moved out of MoscoW's shadow and, thanks to investment in education and technological development, has joined the dozen most prosperous nations in the world. The Finnish experience casts new light on the central issues facing Europe today—for example, the contradiction between the continuing vitality of nationalism and the pressures of integration, as well as the challenge of how to relate to Russia, still an unknown factor in the European security equation. This is a major work for all scholars and researchers of Scandinavian and European Studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275963729
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1998
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

MAX JAKOBSON is a former diplomat who played a key role in the shaping of Finland's foreign policy during the Cold War.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Nationalism 9
A Nation Is Born 15
Prelude to War 21
2 Survival 27
The Second Round 35
Postmortem 40
3 Neutrality 49
The Finnish-Soviet Treaty 55
Enter Urho Kekkonen 64
The Dag Hammarskjold Syndrome 73
The Communist Split 77
The European Security Conference 80
Finlandization 84
Appearance and Substance 87
The Other Neighbor 94
4 Integration 100
Finland Joins the Union 104
Toward a Single Currency 111
5 Security 120
The Grand Design 121
The Balkan War 124
The New Enemy 129
New NATO and New Russia 133
The Open Door 136
Finland and Sweden: In or Out? 140
6 Russia 146
Conclusion 156
Notes 162
Selected Bibliography 167
Index 169
About the Author 177
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