IFS Info 5/2003
In this study Olav Riste examines the ideas, norms and values of war and peace in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
IFS Info no. 5/2003
Title: War and Peace in the Political Culture of Scandinavia in the 20th Century Author: Olav Riste
In this study Olav Riste examines the ideas, norms and values of war and peace in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. He points out the Scandinavian countries’ common features as small, military weak and liberal democracies, but also their different historical experiences, foremost the experience of the Second World War. On this basis Riste does a comparative analysis of the political culture of war and peace in Scandinavia through the 20th century
Olav Riste is Research Director (emeritus) of the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, and was until recently also Adjunct Professor of History at the Universities of Bergen and Oslo. He is a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Dr Riste graduated from the University of Oslo in 1959, and received his doctorate from Oxford University in 1963. He has been Research Fellow at Harvard, Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics, Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin, and Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.