Thompson presents a history of the changes in Norway's defense policy during the first fifty years following its independence from Sweden. Particular attention has been paid to the effects of the German occupation of 1940-1945 on the later development of the nation's defense policy. Thompson teaches history at Illinois Central College. The text is
David Thompson attended Augustana College and Illinois State University before completing his PhD in military history at The Ohio State University in 1996. He is now Assistant Professor of History at Illinois Central College.
Preface, Acknowledgements; Introduction; List of Abbreviations; 1. Independence and Armed Neutrality, 1905-1918; 2. International Peace and the "Internal Foe", 1918-1933; 3. The "Etiquette Defense", 1933-1939; 4. Norway and the "Phony War", 1939-1940; 5. The 1940 Campaign: Bolt from the Blue; 6. The 1940 Campaign: Endgame; 7. Norway in Eclipse, 1940-1941; 8. Closing Ranks, 1942-1943; 9. The Road to Liberation, 1944-1945; 10. Uncertain Peace, 1945-1947; 11. Reluctant Alliance, 1948-1955; Conclusion: From Neutrality to NATO; Appendices; Bibliography; Index