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The social construction of Swedish neutrality: challenges to Swedish identity and sovereignty

Agius, C 2006, The social construction of Swedish neutrality: challenges to Swedish identity and sovereignty , Manchester University Press.

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Abstract

The end of the Cold War and the War on Terror has signalled a shift in the security policies of all states. It has also led to the reconsideration of the policy of neutrality, and what being neutral means in the present age. This book examines the conceptualization of Swedish neutrality from the Peloponnesian War to today, uncovering how neutrality has been a neglected and misunderstood subject in IR theory and politics. By rethinking neutrality through constructivism, this book argues that neutrality is intrinsically linked to identity. Using Sweden as a case study, it links identity, sovereignty, internationalism and solidarity to the debates about Swedish neutrality today and how neutrality has been central to Swedish identity and its worldview.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780719071522
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2009 11:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1217

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