chapter  10
Northern Europe: A New Web of Relations
ByIngmar Oldberg
Pages 12

Historically, it was in the north that Russia and (western) Europe met most directly. Many wars were fought there and competition over the command of the Baltic Sea was fierce, but there was also much trade and friendly exchange. 2 This was also the case after the Second World War. Compared with other regions, the Soviet Union considered this a relatively quiet one.