Ambassadors of Realpolitik: Sweden, the CSCE and the Cold War

Ambassadors of Realpolitik: Sweden, the CSCE and the Cold War

by Aryo Makko


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During the Cold War, Sweden actively cultivated a reputation as the "conscience of the world," working to build bridges between East and West and embracing a nominal commitment to international solidarity. This groundbreaking study explores the tension between realism and idealism in Swedish diplomacy during a key episode in Cold War history: the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, culminating in the 1975 Helsinki Accords. Through careful analysis of new evidence, it offers a compelling counternarrative of this period, showing that Sweden strategically ignored human rights violations in Eastern Europe and the nonaligned states in its pursuit of national interests.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789205176
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/12/2019
Series: Contemporary European History , #20
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Aryo Makko is Associate Professor of History at Stockholm University and has been a visiting fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the University of Oxford and Harvard University. He was selected as a Pro Futura Scientia fellow by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in 2016. His work has appeared in the Journal of Cold War Studies and Diplomacy & Statecraft, among others.

Table of Contents





Chapter 1. 1945-1969: Sweden and Europe in a Changing World

Chapter 2. 1969–1971: Doubting Détente

Chapter 3. 1971–1972: Assuming the Role of the Realist

Chapter 4. 1972–1973: Engaging in the Dipoli Tea Party

Chapter 5. 1973-1975: Making the Helsinki Final Act


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