Neutrality and State-Building in Sweden by M. Malmborg

By M. Malmborg

The profitable upkeep of peace given that 1814 made neutrality a commonly well known doctrine in Sweden. instead of a safety coverage within the strict feel, it has develop into a cornerstone of Swedish nationwide id. but, some time past decade the neutrality culture has been known as into query. what's intended through neutrality? Has Sweden ever been impartial? This booklet analyses the emergence, institutionalisation and reassessment of neutrality, of the suggestion of peace as a countrywide strong, from the 16th century to the current debate on NATO club.

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Closely integrated with the other forms of internal pacification, it is a major feature of the separation of the ‘economic’ from the ‘political’. In contrast to pre-existing class systems industrial capitalism no longer gave the employers a direct 48 Neutrality in the Revolutionary Era, Introduction 1789–1815 49 access to the means of violence in order to secure the economic returns they seek from the subordinate class, but forced them to rely on what Marx called ‘dull economic compulsion’ (Giddens 1985: 191).

Wars were to a considerable degree ‘dynastic squabbles’, as Voltaire put it, or fights over religious convictions. Wars were fought by great heroic warriors, leading soldiers of varying nationality. They fought wars under national banners, but it was not a matter of homogenous nations in the twentieth-century sense of the term. Just as war was not regarded as an affair between nations, nor could peace be perceived as a national good. International practices must be assessed in the historical context in which they occurred.

The industrialisation of war is also a key process accompanying the rise of the nation-state system. It has led to the creation of a world military order that largely cuts across regional divisions. A fundamental aspect of the internal pacification is the eradication of violence – and the capability to use the means of violence – from the labour contract. Closely integrated with the other forms of internal pacification, it is a major feature of the separation of the ‘economic’ from the ‘political’.

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