Analogical Reasoning and the Diplomacy of the Raoul Wallenberg Case 1945-7
2015 (English)In: International History Review, ISSN 0707-5332, E-ISSN 1949-6540, Vol. 37, no 3, 582-606 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article examines the negotiations in the years 1945-7 between Soviet and Swedish diplomats over the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who was arrested by the Soviets in Budapest on 17 January 1945. As is clear from both Soviet and Swedish archival records, including the recently de-classified encrypted Soviet diplomatic cables, the nature of the communication about Wallenberg went through a number of shifts, dividing the years 1945-7 into three periods. Despite in-depth reviews of both the Soviet and Swedish Foreign Ministry archives, no instructions from the political leaderships of Sweden and the USSR explaining these shifts have been identified. Why is it that we can distinguish changing patterns of communication despite the absence of corresponding instructions from the leaders of the two states? This article argues that dynamics inherent to the diplomatic dialogue itself go a long way to explain the shifting communication patterns. In order to make the case viable as well as communicable, Soviet and Swedish diplomats, short of authoritative guidance, were bound to ascribe meaning and purpose to the behaviour of the other' on the basis of analogical reasoning founded on their experiences from parallel matters on the Soviet-Swedish agenda.
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2015. Vol. 37, no 3, 582-606 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-259125DOI: 10.1080/07075332.2014.918556ISI: 000356943600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-259125DiVA: diva2:843246