author={Baldur Thorhallsson and Sverrir Steinsson and Thorsteinn Kristinsson},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of History},
  pages={539 - 563}
This article is predicated on the assumption that small states need economic, political and societal shelter in order to prosper, and applies this theory to the case of Iceland in the period 1941–2006 – from the American occupation of Iceland to the closure of the US military base in the country. The authors argue that Iceland enjoyed essential shelter, for its development and prosperity, from the United States. The US also provided extensive diplomatic and military backing to Iceland, and… 


Iceland’s External Affairs from 1400 to the Reformation: Anglo-German Economic and Societal Shelter in a Danish Political Vacuum
The paper applies the assumption that small states/entities need economic and political shelter in order to prosper, to the case of Iceland in the period from 1400 to the Reformation in the mid-16th
Iceland’s external affairs in the Middle Ages: The shelter of Norwegian sea power
According to the international relations literature, small countries need to form an alliance with larger neighbours in order to defend themselves and be economically sustainable. This paper applies
Iceland’s External Affairs from 1550-1815: Danish societal and political cover concurrent with a highly costly economic policy
The paper argues that there is not necessarily a correlation between political, economic and societal shelter. Iceland received considerable societal and political shelter from Denmark in the period
Iceland’s External Affairs from the Napoleonic Era to the occupation of Denmark: Danish and British Shelter
This paper argues that Iceland enjoyed essential shelter, for its development and prosperity, provided by Denmark and Britain. Societal relations with Copenhagen were of fundamental importance in the
How ‘cod war’ came: the origins of the Anglo‐Icelandic fisheries dispute, 1958–61*
This article describes the origins of the first ‘cod war’ between Britain and Iceland in 1958–61. First, it examines the underlying factors which made it very likely that a fishing dispute of some
The Icelandic Welfare State in the Twentieth Century
  • G. Jonsson
  • Economics
    Scandinavian journal of history
  • 2001
The rise of the Icelandic welfare state is circumscribed by the creation of the nation-state, which grew out of the modernization of society and the political campaign of Icelanders for independence from Denmark.
Domestic Buffer Versus External Shelter: Viability of Small States in the New Globalised Economy
The article, written from a post-financial crisis vantage point, applies Katzenstein's democratic corporatist model to the case of Iceland, and asks if it overlooks an essential message from theory,
Icelandic Security and Foreign Policy: The Public Attitude
governments. In 1945 the Americans requested a 99-year lease for military bases in Iceland, which was refused. A year later the Althingi declared that the American forces should leave, but the
The Cod Wars: a re-analysis
ABSTRACT The occurrence and outcomes of the Cod Wars defy both popular and academic expectations. Iceland, a microstate, essentially won four disputes against the UK, a great power. The two states