Neutrality in War

  • Eric GolsonEmail author
Part of the Studies in Economic History book series (SEH)


Neutrality has long been seen as impartiality in war and is codified as such in The Hague and Geneva Conventions. This chapter investigates the activities of three neutral states in the Second World War and determines, on a purely economic basis, that these countries actually employed realist principles to ensure their survival. Neutrals maintain their independence by offering economic concessions to the belligerents to make up for their relative military weakness. Despite their different starting places, governments, and threats against them, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland provided similar types of political and economic concessions to the belligerents.


Economic warfare Neutrality Second World War Realism Economic concessions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK
  2. 2.School of Oriental and African StudiesUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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