The Post-War Era, 1945–1973

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Abstract

The German occupation ended on 5 May 1945, when most of Denmark was liberated by British troops. The exception was the Baltic island of Bornholm, which continued to be occupied by the Soviet Union until 1946. The post-war era was marked by international conflicts in new forms: the Cold War and decolonisation. Three central factors characterised Denmark during this period: internationalisation, economic growth and cultural and political change. Politically, economically and militarily, Denmark was connected to the Cold War’s Western bloc through various forms of institutional collaboration. Society enjoyed rapid growth and prosperity, and along with the growing welfare state and the consumer society this meant that the population became wealthier and received more opportunities than ever before. There were also important cultural, social and political shifts, particularly in the form of the youth rebellion and a changed political culture that focused increasingly on single issues and the media. The period ended in 1973 with new ruptures and transitions: Denmark’s entry into the European Community, the oil crisis and the new political scene after the earthquake election of 1973.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelA History of Denmark from the Viking Age to the 21st Century
RedaktørerMary Hilson, Bjørn Poulsen, Thorsten Borring Olesen
UdgivelsesstedAarhus
ForlagAarhus Universitetsforlag
Publikationsdatonov. 2023
Sider387-437
Kapitel8
ISBN (Trykt)978 87 7219 674 9
ISBN (Elektronisk)978 87 7597 344 6
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2023

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