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Ambassadors of Realpolitik

by Aryo Makko

Part of the Contemporary European History Series

Ambassadors of Realpolitik Synopsis

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.

Ambassadors of Realpolitik Press Reviews

This book is the first to go behind the scenes for a full and detailed account of Sweden's paradoxical foreign policy in the era of the CSCE. A brilliant and original analysis drawing on valuable new archival material. * Richard Davy, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785332845
Publication date: 31st October 2016
Author: Aryo Makko
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 300 pages
Categories: The Cold War, European history, International relations,

About Aryo Makko

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.

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