Forsvarsstudier no. 1/1993
Title: Foreign policy and national identity. The Norwegian integrity treaty 1907-24
Author: Patrick Salmon
After Norway's entry into the Leauge of Nations in 1920, Norway approached Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia, the four powers which had guranteed the integrity of Norway in 1907, with a proposal to abrogate the integrity treaty. thenegotiations proved far more complex than had been expected. Largely owing to Soviet objections no solution could be reached until 1924, and the treaty did not finally lapse until 1928.
This study shows how Norwegian diplomacy drew the country unwittingly into the ideological antagonism between its two powerful neighbours, Great Britain and Soviet Russia. Through the use of British and Soviet sources it also reveals much about the political and strategic preoccupations of the two great powers in the early 1920s, and suggests taht there was a continuity in Soviet attitudes towards Norway extending wll into the Cold War period.