Neutrality and State-Building in Sweden

  • Mikael af Malmborg

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: National Peace and Neutrality

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      Pages 1-9
  3. Sovereignty from the Top-Down

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      Pages 11-13
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  4. Sovereignty from the Bottom-Up

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-53
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  5. Sovereignty and Security Community since 1917

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      Pages 121-126
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  6. Conclusion: Peace, Neutrality and the Nation-State

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      Pages 189-203
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 204-227

About this book


The successful maintenance of peace since 1814 made neutrality a widely popular doctrine in Sweden. Rather than a security policy in the strict sense, it has become a cornerstone of Swedish national identity. Yet, in the past decade the neutrality tradition has been called into question. What is meant by neutrality? Has Sweden ever been neutral? This book analyses the emergence, institutionalisation and reassessment of neutrality, of the notion of peace as a national good, from the sixteenth century to the present debate on NATO membership.


Europe Institution national identity NATO peace Policy revolution sovereignty

Authors and affiliations

  • Mikael af Malmborg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Swedish Institute of International AffairsStockholmSweden
  2. 2.University College of South StockholmStockholmSweden

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