Scandinavia and the United States: An Insecure Friendship

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In Scandinavia and the United States, author Jussi Hanhimaki discusses the complex web of relationships, both bilateral and multilateral, formal and informal, economic and cultural, military and political, that linked the destinies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden together with that of the United States during the Cold War and beyond. Covering the history of Scandinavian - U.S. relations since orientations and policies of the five Scandinavian countries and traces in detail their changing relations with the United States. His examination demonstrates the importance of Scandinavia as a window through which to view post-1945 international affairs, especially U.S. foreign policy and key issues such as neutralism, developmental assistance, and social welfare in which the Scandinavian countries were prominent. Changing images of the United States in these countries are also described, with particular focus on their foreign policies - some maintained neutrality during the Cold War, while others stressed developmental assistance to the Third World - and domestic affairs, in particular their famed social welfare programs.
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Discusses the web of formal and informal military, political, economic, and cultural relationships that linked the destinies of the Scandinavian countries with the US during the Cold War and beyond, from 1945 to the present. Addresses issues including neutralism, developmental assistance, and social welfare, and foreign policies of individual countries. Includes a chronology and b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805779356
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Twayne's International History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

list of illustrations
ch. 1 Atlantic Crossings 1
ch. 2 Quest for Security, 1945-1949 10
ch. 3 From War to Thaw, 1950-1955 38
ch. 4 The Specter of Coexistence, 1955-1961 70
ch. 5 From Hawaii to Helsinki, 1961-1975 103
ch. 6 Off Balance, 1976-1989 147
ch. 7 A Search for Identity, 1990-1996 174
chronology 191
notes and references 198
bibliographic essay 208
index 217
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