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Author Glover, Nikolas, 1979-

Title National Relations : Public Diplomacy, National Identity and the Swedish Institute 1945-1970
Published Chicago : Nordic Academic Press, 2012
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Contents Cover; Copyright; Contents; About the author; The Swedish Institute and inter-nationalism; A necessary yet indefinable invention; Perspectives on public diplomacy; Historicising communication; Inter-national identities; The shape of things to come; Forerunners and frames 1945; The British Council and the Danish Society; Interests representing Sweden; Ideas about transmissions and rituals; Narratives of being special in a normal sense; Survival in an age of enlightenment 1945-1953; Creating organisational space; Truth, control and therapy; A blueprint of the nation
Stabilised support, imagining the image 1954-1962Combining technical assistance and business; Capturing the image of Sweden; The personification of the nation; The politics of change 1961-1962; A brief financial history; Trade policy, neutrality and peace-keeping; Professionalised structures, fragmenting visions 1963-1970; A cultural institute in a state of capitalism; Public relations and the public's relations of the nation; Interpretations of the nation; Chronologies in context; A history of contested claims; The communication(isation) of enlightenment; Narratives from fact to friction
Three arguments about the history of national relationsNational relations in world society; Introducing the macroperspective; Sweden, the US and modernity; Sweden Ltd. and the status quo; Summary; Appendix; Notes; References; Acknowledgements
Summary In Stockholm in January of 1945, an assembly of Swedish diplomats and businessmen initiated an organization that was to improve the country's reputation abroad. The new, semi-governmental Swedish Institute was charged with explaining Sweden's policy of neutrality during the war, with encouraging peace-building, and with promoting foreign trade in the new international world order. Original and insightful, this account analyzes the policies, funding, and national narratives of the Swedish Institute. Providing a historical perspective on the politics of Swedish propaganda and explaining how idea
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Subject Svenska institutet.
Sweden -- Foreign relations -- 1950-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9185509957 (electronic bk.)
9187121247 (electronic bk.)
9789185509959 (electronic bk.)
9789187121241 (electronic bk.)