… so I got my subject for my international politics exam. I have to write 4000 words on it, within a week. 4000 words is really a rather short paper, so the hard part will not be writing the words, but finding the hook and angling the bate.

The question:

  1. What theory(s) can best explain thedisagreements in the Durban II confrence: Huntington’s teory on culture- and civilation clashes or other theories?
  2. What theory(s) can best explain the outcome of the conference?

So how do you angle that? What theories to put in play? How to make this a political scince paper and not an essay? How to chose just a few theories and how to chose the right ones? I got so many ideas for this, non of them concrete enough to really voice. It will properly not suprise you that I got construtivism playing in the background.

The Durban II conference was the conference on racism  this April. And my first thought was: What do the UN think they can do about racism by hosting a conference? Do they really think it will help anything on the ground? It might turn the focus to the issue, but I don’t really see any governments really changing their minds on this. I do perhaps see some getting a push in the right direction. I might be cynical today, but do UN really think that they can change the human fear of those who are different from us? One of the best ways of fighting intolerance is though education so instead of hosting a four day long conference on racism, they should host one on education and poverty. I think that racism is a really bad thing, and I do think that debate is good. I do just not see the Durban confrence helping anything – if anything it drew up the line between the “West” and the no-West even more clearly – making it easier to judge and condem.

As you can see I might have a problem keeping this paper scinetific and non-biased. Keeping it from turning into a essay.


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

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I am reading more newspapers for my BA-project – I don’t seem to be able to get though my sources for this project, but well at least I seem to get a lot wise on the subject. A few things stroke me as interesting while I was reading…

First of all how overwhelmingly important it was to everyone in Europa that Germany did take up it’s seat. That is not really something that is self-evident then you read history books about the era – you normally get the impression that the league wasn’t really important even at the time. It is my impression that people of the time felt quite the opposite about it. Germany’s admission was a world shadowing event. It toke up all space on the front page on every Danish newspaper in 10 days – and I am pretty sure it wasn’t just the Danish newspapers that gave everything else less priority in that period. That Germany got admitted was important enough to get all kinds of drama going in Genèva and to make all kinds of countries try to claim a seat in the consul as well.

The other thing that stroke me as interesting while I was reading was; that part of the reason the league never worked as well as people wanted it to, was that it was really a European party. A party to witch someone had invited the rest of the world and had given them veto-rights. At least the European countries clearly sew the league as a European league – somewhere to ensure peace in Europa – not somewhere to settle all of the World’s problems. People has talked a lot about why the league didn’t for-fill it’s purpose and preserved the peace (in Europe), and they often talk about this or that the law of the league. I think the real crucial problem was that the European stats sew the league as their club, but at the same time they had invited the rest of the world inside as equal members. But they didn’t treat the rest of the world as equal members! Europa was in shock then Brazil (the biggest country in South America) “dares” to try to claim a seat in the counsul along with the other Great powers… They where astonished by it to tell the truth – the Danish newspapers where chocked – even offended by it. “How dare Brazil intervene in European affairs?!”

Ok now I can think again without this trying to get out of my head – I better get back to my newspapers and my paper.

Monday thoughts

December 15, 2008

I finally was able to sit down and write some of the introduction to my BA project. I always have a hard time with beginnings, so it is a relief to get started. I was studying for my exam on Thursday – reading a chapter on force and power. It was about discourse analysis and it made me think about my project and why it is relevant to look at how we viewed Germany. I have had a sub consciousness understanding of it all along, but I was now finally able to make the understanding conscious and put it into words. To me that is what good theory should be able to do – help you express the understandings you have as well as challenge and push them. I do not really believe in putting things into boxes for the sake of putting them into boxes. If you fell the need to categorize something it has to be because you want to use that category to something – otherwise it is just utterly pointless.

Rizt or was it Rich’s…

It seem that the extreme bombardment of Rich’s advertisements in the newspapers I looked at last week didn’t even managed to brand their name into me properly. The product was called Rich’s not Rizt as my mom told me this weekend.

My bachelor project

November 19, 2008

heimkehr vom ball 1926

To finish our bachelors we have to write a big paper that counts for a lot of our credit for our bachelor part of our university education. I had a pretty chaotic start on this semester and by change ended up in a bachelor class about Danish foreign policy between 1864 (our big lose to Germany) and 1940 (then the Germans invaded Denmark). I had to pick some kind of topic within that frame for my project.

After a lot of thinking I decided that I wanted to write about how the Danish press wrote about Germany in the 1920s. There have been many studies on how people view Germany in the 1930s around Hitler’s coup. Germany been a big player on the Danish scene for a really long time, so I thought it might be interesting to look at how we viewed them before they turned to fascism. The trends up to an event can be just as important as the event it self. The Weimar Republic was after all a democracy, though a week one and Denmark a long and proud tradition of being afraid of Germany. I wonder how that looked in the 1920s.

I am going to read a lot of old newspaper articles from 1926 then Germany became a part of the League of Nations. Though the league never became what the West hoped it still played a significant role in the international relations between the two big wars, so it is no small event. The liberals and the conservatives in Denmark did not like that Germany joined the league, because they were afraid that they might be dragged out of neutrality and into a war. They were also still angry with Germany for not acknowledging our border with them. On the other hand if Germany joined we might be able to force them to acknowledge the border though the international court system and it might keep the leach on our big brother neighbour. So it was a complicated matter for Germany to join – at least form a Danish perspective. How much of that did make it into the press? Did the social democratic government let their own newspaper print negative stuff about Germany? What did the papers dear to write? All this is what I want to look into in my paper.