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Britain, Switzerland, and the Second World War$
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Neville Wylie

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206903.001.0001

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(p.333) Conclusion
Britain, Switzerland, and the Second World War


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This concluding chapter evaluates the relative success of British policy towards Switzerland between 1939 and 1945. It explains how British policy-makers justified their benevolent attitude towards Switzerland, despite the substantial financial, economic and strategic advantages gained by Britain's enemies in Switzerland over the course of the war. It considers the particular psychological challenges confronting statesmen in managing relations with ostensibly friendly states in periods of acute tension and explores how norm compliant behaviour — in this case, sympathy for Switzerland — was promoted through the development of belief systems, institutional culture and decision-making processes. Finally, it discusses the importance of Switzerland's international image and reputation in shaping British attitudes and expectations over the war.

Keywords:   norms, belief systems, institutional culture, reputation, compliance

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