Phasing out the Colonial Status of Greenland, 1945-54

A Historical Study

Erik Beukel, Frede P. Jensen, and Jens Elo Rytter

Erik Beukel, Frede P. Jensen, and Jens Elo Rytter

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

478 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 | © 2010
Paper $69.00 ISBN: 9788763525879 Published August 2010 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
.In 2005 the Danish government obliged the wish of the Greenlandic Home Rule to commission a historical report on the circumstances surrounding the changed status of Greenland within the realm following the modification of the Constitution in 1953. The report presented here provides the most comprehensive account to date of the decolonisation of Greenland?s status in the years 1945-54. With the Constitution of 1953, the colonial status of Greenland came to an end, and Greenlanders were granted equal rights as citizens within the Danish realm. In 1954 this new arrangement was supported by the UN General Assembly. The decision to change Greenland?s status was conditioned both by internal and external circumstances. In the UN context, Danes increasingly felt the strain of being a colonial power, and they feared the possibility of future UN interference in Greenlandic affairs. The volume is a significant contribution to the ongoing debates concerning important developments in Danish-Greenlandic relations in the post-war period. It constitutes an important attempt to untangle the many circumstances impinging on the phasing out of Greenland?s colonial status.
Contents
1. Introduction
2. Greenland and Denmark before 1945
      Erik Beukel
3. The Greenland Issue—Sovereignty, Self-Determination and Dependence
      Erik Beukel
4. The International Context: The Decolonisation Process in the UN
      Erik Beukel
5. The Development of International Law Concerning Decolonisation and Self-Determination
      Jens Elo Rytter
6. A New Policy on Greenland in the Pipeline: Danish and Greenland Initiatives, 1945–1950
      Erik Beukel
7. The Greenland Issue in the UN, 1945–1950
      Frede P. Jensen
8. The Greenland Issue in the UN, 1951–1952
      Frede P. Jensen
9. Greenland on the Path to Constitutional Equality, 1951–1953
      Erik Beukel and Frede P. Jensen
10. The Greenland Issue at the UN, 1953
      Frede P. Jensen
11. The Greenland Issue at the UN, 1954
      Frede P. Jensen
12. Conclusion
      Erik Beukel and Frede P. Jensen

Appendices 1–13
Sources
Bibliography
Index of Names
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