"Aarhundredes vigtigste beslutning i dansk Udenrigspolitik" - partipressens dækning af Danmarks tilslutning til Atlantpagten i 1949

Jakob Hansen, Rebecca Kim Hammelev & Cecilie Claessen Davidsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In the spring of 1949, the Danish Parliament made a decision which since then has had a decisive influence on Danish foreign- and security policy. The politicians decided that Denmark should abandon the traditional policy of neutrality and instead become a member of an international military alliance – the Atlantic Alliance. This significant change in the security policy was thoroughly covered by the Danish press, in this assignment represented by Berlingske Tidende, Frederiksborg Amts Avis, Politiken and Social-Demokraten. The assignment is based on their coverage, and our studies show that the Danish newspapers agreed that membership of the Atlantic Alliance could ensure Denmark in case of a new world war. At this time there were great tensions between the eastern and the western part of the world. Both politicians and newspapers feared communist coups in Western Europe and believed that the Atlantic Alliance could help prevent this. At the same time the UN was under pressure from the conflicts between the superpowers, and according to the newspapers this meant that the organization was no longer able to fulfill its purpose. For these reasons, the Danish newspapers were convinced that a membership of the Atlantic Alliance was the best solution to ensure peace.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato12 jun. 2012
VejledereMichael Kjeldsen


  • Danmark
  • Atlantpagt
  • den kolde krig
  • aviser
  • partipresse
  • sikkerhedspolitik