Caught in the Middle

Neutrals, Neutrality and the First World War

Edited by Johan Den Hertog and Samuel Kruizinga

Caught in the Middle

Edited by Johan Den Hertog and Samuel Kruizinga

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

175 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $39.50 ISBN: 9789052603704 Published July 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

During World War I, aggressive countries infringed on the rights and privileges of neutral nations such as the Netherlands and Switzerland as they had been defined in prior international agreements. The essays in this critical collection provide comparisons of the history of neutrality in several countries involved in World War I and analyze the concept of neutrality from multiple perspectives: political, economic, cultural, and legal.


Chapter 1: Introduction
      Johan den Hertog and Samuël Kruizinga
Chapter 2: Dutch Neutrality and the Value of Legal Argumentation
      Johan den Hertog
Chapter 3: 'Upon the Neutral Rests the Trusteeship of International Law’—Legal advisers and American unneutrality
      Benjamin Coates
Chapter 4: Spanish Neutrality During the First World War
      Javier Ponce
Chapter 5: Britain’s Global War and Argentine Neutrality
      Philip Dehne
Chapter 6: NOT Neutrality—The Dutch government, the Netherlands Oversea Trust Company, and the Entente blockade of Germany, 1914-1918
      Samuël Kruizinga
Chapter 7: From Parasite to Angel—Narratives of neutrality in the Swedish popular press during the First World War
      Lina Sturfelt
Chapter 8: Colour-blind or Clear-sighted Neutrality?—Georg Brandes and the First World War
      Bjarne S. Bendtsen
Chapter 9: The Hottest Places in Hell?—Finnish and Nordic neutrality from the perspective of French foreign policy, 1900-1940
      Louis Clerc
Chapter 10: The Other End of Neutrality—The First World War, the League of Nations, and Danish neutrality
      Karen Gram-Skjoldager

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