What is it about?

Drawing on fresh research, NGO archives and the author’s personal experiences, the article critically considers history of the Danish and Swedish anti-apartheid support and the depiction of it.

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Why is it important?

It is important for current politics in the Nordic countries, among other western nations, that the history of their anti-apartheid movements should be recorded as a progressive component of their history, but it is even more important for the peoples of southern Africa to have access to those records to be able to fully understand their history. The global part of this history is also part of their national heritage and self-knowledge.


For people in South Africa, who for generations were denied full knowledge of their own history, as well as access to the history of the solidarity with their struggles, the history of the anti-apartheid movement takes on profound importance. The article also raises some anxieties concerning foreign policy cooperation and competition, particularly between Denmark and Sweden, reaching well into the post-apartheid situation.

Hans Erik Stolten
Jakobsgaard Research

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This page is a summary of: Nordic Solidarity with South Africa: A Danish perspective, South African Historical Journal, March 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/02582473.2019.1574885.
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