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

by Aryo Makko

Part of the Contemporary European History Series

Ambassadors of Realpolitik Sweden, the CSCE, and the Cold War 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 Sweden, the CSCE, and the Cold War Press Reviews

Succinctly and vigorously written and extensively annotated, this book represents a substantial contribution to the new international history. - Highly Recommended. Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789205176
Publication date: 15th November 2019
Author: Aryo Makko
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Format: Paperback / softback
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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