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"Mixed feelings. Norwegian attitudes to the Britons, 1814-1914."

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In 1856 the British consul general in Christiania reported to the Foreign Office: ”I am not far from the truth when I say that a Norwegian […] feels himself more at home in England than in [the union partner, 1814-1905] Sweden.” Britain had the role of Norway’s protector, and represented the democratic and civilized norm-makers in international politics. On the other hand, during World War I, a journalist noted that the Norwegian relationship to Britain was “an arithmetic problem”: It would take 36 hours to stop supplies to Norway. The western bias thus was inescapable and unavoidable.

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