European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents During the Second World War

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Neville Wylie
Cambridge University Press, 2002 - History - 368 pages
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This collection provides a comprehensive English-language survey of the conduct of neutral and non-belligerent states during the war. Instead of narrowly focusing on the few neutrals that survived the war intact, the volume broadens our understanding of neutrality, by including chapters on 'non-belligerents' and those neutrals of south-east Europe, such as Romania and Yugoslavia. The essays focus on how individual neutral governments perceived international developments and throw light on the domestic political circumstances that critically affected their response to the course of the war. They therefore provide the political context that has been overlooked in controversies surrounding their humanitarian and financial activities. While based on the authors' own research, the essays draw widely on secondary literature and provide invaluable analytical introductions to the large amount of historical writing on these countries.
  

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Contents

Victims or actors? European neutrals
11
PART ONE THE PHONEY WAR NEUTRALS
31
Norway
53
The Netherlands
76
fragile neutrality solid neutralism
97
PART TWO THE WAITANDSEE NEUTRALS
118
Hungarian
150
domestic and international
192
Yugoslavia
217
PART THREE THE LONGHAUL NEUTRALS
241
Portuguese neutrality in the Second World War
268
Irish neutrality in the Second World War
283
a neutral of distinction?
331
Appendix
355
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Neville Wylie was Junior Research Fellow and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at New Hall and at the Centre of International Studies in Cambridge. Since leaving Cambridge in 1998 he has held positions at the University of Glasgow, where he was acting director of the Scottish Centre for War Studies, and University College Dublin and has been a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute for International Affairs in Geneva. He has published a number of articles in scholarly journals and is author of a forthcoming monograph on British policy towards Switzerland, 1939-1945.

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