The bachelor project – finished

February 3, 2009

I have now finished my bachelor project and gotten my grade for it – which was a major dredging to me – I have gotten the second highest grade possible (10) for it, much more then I had suspected. I have posted the the english summery of the paper below. If you can read danish and wanna read the rest of the paper it is available here

The Danish view of Germany as it was presented in the Danish newspapers in 1926

Ever since the German states banded together in the 19th Century, Germany has played a dominating role in Danish foreign affairs as the powerful neighbour. How Denmark has viewed this neighbour has changed over time. A number of studies have been conducted concerning how Denmark viewed Germany around 1933, questioning the Danish view on Germany, when Hitler took control of the country.

The interwar period was a turbulent period in Europe. When Germany joined the League of Nations on the 10th September, 1926, it was to many a promise of more peaceful times to come. And the peace in Europe did for the most part last the next 15 years.

In my paper I examine how Denmark viewed Germany during the time when they join the League. At that point in time, the newspapers were most people’s main source of news and information about the world. Therefore I have used four of the leading Danish newspapers to cast light on how we view our powerful neighbour to the south. The big newspapers were at that point still connected with a political party. I have also examined how that connection influenced the newspapers’ view on Germany.

I find that the Danish newspapers were in no doubt that Germany was indeed one of the Great powers of Europe. They all agree that Germany played a major role in the process of creating peace and stability in the region. Germany is viewed as fairly willing to negotiate and their peace and reconciliation policies are recurring themes. The country was viewed as a democratic and fairly stable government. A major point, for some of the papers, was the fact that they were disarmed at that point.

I find that in general there is only a weak connection between what political party the newspaper is connected to. With the exception of the social democratic paper, Social-Demokraten, where the connection is more coherent.


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