Dr. Aryo Makko is Appointed Professor of History and Director of the Hans Blix Centre for the History of International Relations at Stockholm University
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
07:00 Washington DC
The tale of Swedish neutrality is often told as one of two centuries of stringent policy toward international affairs. In reality however, a number of deviations from and reinterpretations of neutrality policy have occurred in Stockholm, justifying a discussion about whether we should speak of neutrality in singular form at all. This seminar will discuss the implications of domestic and international developments – including the formation and dissolution of Sweden’s union with Norway, New Imperialism, the World Wars and the Cold War – for Swedish neutrality from 1815 to the present era. It will be suggested that Sweden applied various neutralities in its modern history and successfully integrated them into a common narrative.