The Liminal Union of Sweden and Norway

Joseph M. Parent

in Uniting States

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782192
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919147 | DOI:
The Liminal Union of Sweden and Norway

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This chapter chronicles the rise and fall of a liminal union between Sweden and Norway. After the Napoleonic Wars, the two countries approximated a union for 90 years, but then peacefully broke apart. Why this happened is ultimately attributable to changes in threat. In the tense environment following the Napoleonic Wars, closer cooperation seemed sage, but as threats to Sweden and Norway dwindled the two states drifted apart.

Keywords: Sweden-Norway; union; unification; Napoleonic Wars

Chapter.  6418 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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