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The Social Construction of Swedish NeutralityChallenges to Swedish Identity and Sovereignty$
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Christine Agius

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071522

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071522.001.0001

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Writing neutrality: from the Peloponnesian War to the Cold War

Writing neutrality: from the Peloponnesian War to the Cold War

(p.10) 1Writing neutrality: from the Peloponnesian War to the Cold War
The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality

Christine Agius

Manchester University Press

This chapter traces the development of neutrality from the Peloponnesian War to the Cold War in order to uncover the meanings and associations that became attached to the concept and practice. It examines its treatment in legal philosophy, its relationship to the rise of sovereignty, and the dominance of the realist conceptualisation of neutrality, which contained contradictory understandings of the place of the neutral state in the anarchic international system.

Keywords:   Melian Dialogue, Legal philosophy, Sovereignty, League of Nations, Second World War, Cold War, United Nations, Realism

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