Moderlandet og Kolonien - En analyse af den offentlige danske grønlandsdebat 1945-1953

Signe Elise Kaptain & Simon Stolten-Hansen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In this thesis it is explored how the public danish debate developed in the period 1945-1953 regarding the relation between Greenland and Denmark. Trough selected newspapers and the debate in the Folketing the development in the public perception of the relation between Greenland and Denmark is analysed. Immediately after the second world war the public perception of the relation was defined by a paternalistic colonial policy towards Greenland where Denmark's duty was to protect the greenlanders from outside civilisation. The perception of the relation changed drastically continuously as the danish public knowledge of conditions in Greenland grew. Throughout 1945-1953 there was a general perception from both danish and greenlanders that danish culture and language was important for the development of Greenland because it gave the greenlanders access to the western civilization. The perception is clearly that greenlanders could only be equal to danish citizens and be an equal partner in the relation once they reached the same cultural level as the danish society. With the change of the danish constitution in 1953 Greenland was incorporated as an equal member of the Kingdom of Denmark. In the public danish debate, this was a natural development but it was clear that danish culture and language was meant to be dominating.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 jun. 2017
Antal sider94
VejledereMichael Kjeldsen