Navigating Relationships in Exile: Norway, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Small State Diplomacy in Second World War London

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Pavol Jakubec defends his doctoral thesis in the subject History at the Faculty of Humanities.

7 Jun 2024
13:15 - 17:00
Sal C350, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6, Göteborg.
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Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg

Title of the thesis

Navigating Relationships in Exile: Norway, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Small State Diplomacy in Second World War London .

Examining committee

  • Docent Lisbeth Aggestam, University of Gothenburg
  • Docent Susanna Erlandsson, Uppsala University
  • Professor Halvard Leira, Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt


  • Docent Anders Ottosson, University of Gothenburg

Substitute if member in the committee will be missing

  • Docent Kenneth Nyberg, University of Gothenburg 
  • Opponent: Professor Aryo Makko, Stockholms University

Summary of the thesis

Pavol Jakubec is a Phd student at the Department of Historical studies.
Photo: Gunnar Jönsson

This study maps the management of inter-state relationships by small power foreign policy-makers in Second World War exile. 

It demonstrates how and by what means Norwegian foreign policy-makers mastered and converted, respectively, the challenges and opportunities that came with the expanding diplomatic field in London, where politicians and activists were socialising, collaborating, and learning about and from each other.

Finally, it explains how the participation in negotiations over post-war security and international organization helped the small power governments-in-exile retain international credibility, circumvent the asymmetry of power separating them from the superpowers, and manifest prowess for their domestic audiences.

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