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The Ideological Cold War: The Politics of Neutrality in Austria and Finland

Johanna Rainio-Niemi
Format
Book
Published
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Language
English
Series
Routledge Studies in Modern History
ISBN
9780415836722 (hardback), 0415836727 (hardback), 9780203379769 (ebook)
Summary
"This book opens new perspectives into the Cold War ideological confrontations. Using Austria and Finland as an example, it shows how the Cold War battles for the hearts and minds of the people also influenced policies in countries that wished to stay outside the conflict. Following the model of older European neutrals, Austria and Finland sought to combine neutrality with democracy. The combination was eagerly challenged by ideological Cold Warriors on both sides of the divide and questioned at home too. Was neutrality risking the neutrals' commitment to democracy, or did the commitment to the western type of democracy threaten their commitment to neutrality? Confronting these doubts grew into an organic part of practicing neutrality in the Cold War world. The neutrals needed to be exceptionally clear regarding the ideological foundations of their neutrality. Successful neutrality required a great deal of conceptual consistence and domestic unanimity. None of this was pre-given in Austria or Finland. However, in the model of Switzerland and Sweden, (armed) neutrality was systematically integrated with the official state ideology and promoted as a part of national identity. Legacies of these policies outlived the end of the Cold War"--
Contents
  • National Traditions
  • International Reflections
  • Criteria of Neutrality and the Newborn Neutrals
  • The Missing Link
  • "The Ennoblement of National Self-Esteem" on the Verge of a New Era
  • Faces of Neutrality in the Cold War World.
Description
ix, 217 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Statement
Routledge studies in modern history ; 12
Routledge studies in modern history 12
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