The Vietnam War: The Danish and Norwegian experience 1964-1975

James Godbolt, Chris Holmsted Larsen, Søren Hein Rasmussen

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    Abstract

    This article investigates the role of the Vietnam War in Danish and Norwegian politics. We argue that Danish and Norwegian membership in NATO and an unstable parliamentary situation may explain why these countries, unlike Sweden, did not take on the lead in the international protest against the war. Non-socialistic coalitions came to power in Norway and Denmark in the latter half of the 1960s which to an extent explains why the social democratic parties in both countries became more critical of the US. By the end of the 1960s, foreign policy as well as public attitudes towards the war converged in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and in all three countries powerful protest movements emerged that were remarkably similar. The Vietnam War strengthened the left in general and promoted a leftist politics of solidarity that influenced Swedish, Danish and Norwegian foreign policy-making of the 1970s.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScandinavian Journal of History
    Volume33
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)395-416
    Number of pages22
    ISSN0346-8755
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Vietnam War
    • Vietnam Movement
    • 1968
    • Youth protest
    • Cold War
    • Scandinavia

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