Academic journal article The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Denmark and the National Liberation in Southern Africa

Academic journal article The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Denmark and the National Liberation in Southern Africa

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Denmark and the National Liberation in Southern Africa. By Christopher Munthe Morgenstierne... Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute, 2003. Pp. 142; 14 illustrations. euro 20, £16.95, SEK 200.

This book is the fourth and last volume in a research project on "National Liberation in Southern Africa: The Role of the Nordic Countries." The volume contains detailed accounts regarding Denmark's special position within Scandinavia, and outlines the Nordic countries' particular status in relation to their Western allies. The book is well researched and documented, with comprehensive footnotes directing the interested reader to a host of new primary sources. The study includes far more data than it analyzes and is a valuable source for further research.

The primary goal of the book is to examine Denmark's position within the Nordic bloc. Morgenstierne provides an intimate account of the political and social discourses that shaped Denmark's contribution to the development of a Nordic aid policy for Southern Africa. In Chapter 5 the author renders an in-depth explanation of the unprecedented parliamentary developments from 1982 to 1986 that led Denmark to be the first country to implement a consumer boycott of South Africa. …

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