This analytical account of Danish foreign policy from 1720 to 1990 is the first scholarly treatment of the subject in any language. Historically Danish policy, essentially the reaction of a small state to potential or actual conflict among great powers, has presented a succession of different versions of neutrality. Analysing the ideas and tracing the attitudes behind each version, the author discusses the policy in terms of idealism and realism. The focus is on
the neutralist tendencies that occasionally have marked Danish security policy in the years of NATO membership. The book also includes an account of the new commitment to alliance solidarity and European union which has characterized Danish policy towards NATO and EEC since the revolutions in Eastern
Europe and the breaching of the Berlin Wall, and concludes with some speculations about Danish foreign policy in the near future. The central theme of the book is disengagement from or involvement in international politics.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 398 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 21 mm
'a well-reasoned, well-written and stimulating overview of nearly 300 years of Danish foreign policy'
Nikolaj Petersen, University of Aarhus, Political Studies (1992)
'interesting book ... Holbraad's clear definition of this key concept and exposition of an ever-shifting balance between its two components is most stimulating and valuable. The author's weaving in of domestic political elements is also useful.'
John Fitzmaurice, Brussels University, West European Politics, Vol. 15, No. 3, July '92
'Holbraad's broader interpretation of the neutralist behavior ... of his native country is historically rich and psychologically complex.'
Alan K. Henrikson, Fletcher School of Diplomacy and Law, American Political Science Review, Vol. 87, No. 1, March 1993
`Carsten Holbraad has written a good survey of the main features of Danish foreign policy during the last two centuries.'
European History Quarterly