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Konflikt und Kooperation

Die Ostsee als Handlungs- und Kulturraum

Edited By Martin Göllnitz, Nils Abraham, Thomas Wegener Friis and Helmut Müller-Enbergs

Seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges und der Erweiterung der Europäischen Union gerät der Ostseeraum als historische Einheit immer stärker in das Blickfeld von Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit. Eine intensive Beschäftigung mit dieser Region macht jedoch recht rasch deutlich, dass nicht nur die „eine Ostsee" existiert, sondern viele Ostseeräume, die in erster Linie durch Kooperationen und Konflikte, Handel und kulturelle Beziehungen sowie den daran beteiligten Protagonisten initialisiert und konstruiert werden.

In dem vorliegenden Band analysieren 23 ExpertInnen aus fünf Ostseeländern und Israel die durchaus unterschiedlichen Raumkonstruktionen und Verflechtungen innerhalb der Ostseeregion, die als ein spannungs- und konfliktreicher Handlungs- und Kulturraum verstanden wird.

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Sweden in the Eye of Cold War Intelligence (Svante Winqvist / Johannes Heinrich Habermann)

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Svante Winqvist und Johannes Heinrich Habermann

Sweden in the Eye of Cold War Intelligence

A few decades ago, intelligence and espionage were seldom the subject for serious research. Most of the “experts” were journalists, some with dubious sources. In Europe the scientification started in Germany with the opening of the so called Stasi-Archives. Here historians could choose their own sources without the hidden hand of intelligence services to direct them. Later, the other countries in Central and Eastern Europe followed suit, and even Western service gradually experimented with openness. The aim of the article is to give a description on aspects of the espionage of the GDR and of Sweden. In Sweden the East German intelligence activities have been the subject of much attention in the past years.1

One of the authors was an eyewitness of the Cold War and played a role as well, whereas the second author was born after the end of the global conflict between East and West during the downfall of the USSR. The article is based on a combination of personal memories and archival material, especially from Germany. In this way, the article attempts to some extend to reflect on the past Swedish perception with the knowledge obtained after the Cold War. The article is overall structured in three parts. The first part presents Sweden’s military situation during the Cold War and thus the background to the espionage in Sweden. The second part presents...

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