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Finland in the New Europe

By Max Jakobson

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Format: Hardback, 192 pages
Other Information: notes, bibliography, index
Published In: United States, 30 July 1998
Jakobson tells the story of a small nation that has emerged a winner from the ordeals of the 20th century. Finland is still widely remembered for its successful resistance against Soviet attempts to subjugate it during World War II, but less is known about the skillful balancing act by which Finns preserved their independence and way of life during the Cold War.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Introduction Nationalism Survival Neutrality Integration Security Russia Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Traces Finland's history from Soviet domination to European Union partner.

About the Author

MAX JAKOBSON is a former diplomat who played a key role in the shaping of Finland's foreign policy during the Cold War. As Finnish ambassador to the United Nations, he was America's favorite candidate to succeed U Thant as secretary-general, but in 1971 was vetoed by the Soviets, who preferred Kurt Waldheim. Since leaving government service in 1975, Jakobson has written extensively on international affairs. His books include The Diplomacy of the Winter War and The United Nations in the 1990s-A Second Chance?. His columns are published frequently in the International Herald Tribune.


"A new book by Max Jakobson--the leading European scholar/diplomat of his generation--is always an intellectual event, especially when the topic is his native Finland, which he has served so ably as a soldier, ambassador, and counselor to presidents. Finland is an admirable nation that has survived and prospered in the 20th century while living in a dangerous neighborhood. No one is better suited to reflect critically on Finland's past and on its future in the post-Cold War world. Max Jakobson writes in a crystal clear, crisp prose with impeccable logic on the challenges facing Finland as the century and a historical era come to a close. His book should be carefully read by all those interested in the future of Europe and Russia as well as in the role of small nations in the world system. I highly recommend it."-Derek Shearer, U.S. Ambassador to Finland, 1994-1997 Professor of International and Public Affairs, Occidental College

EAN: 9780275963729
ISBN: 0275963721
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Dimensions: 24.28 x 15.8 x 1.98 centimetres (0.48 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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