The Historical Foundations Of The Norwegian Constitution

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3. “Deep structure” sources of culture and communication The historical foundations and factors and their effect on current culture, recognizes that a culture is defined not only by its current state, but by the influences its history has made. The defining moments of Norway 's history include its independence from
Denmark, political positioning and the creation of the Norwegian constitution. Norway existed under Denmark’s rule for nearly four hundred years until the defeat of Napoleon in 1814, at which time Norway ceded to Sweden (Colombia, 2015). Denmark’s continued influence on Norway is visible today by its modernity and affinity towards democracy and equality, despite its affiliation with the historically monarchal society of Sweden
(Rassmusen, 2004). Norway 's fortunate geography has minimized the threats similar
Scandinavian countries have faced from Russia to the east and Germany to the west. During the most tumultuous times Norway has been able to remain neutral in its political stance. The creation of the Norwegian constitution created a truly democratic culture, emphasizing voting rights and ending inherited power. While the Norwegian constitution has been amended since its 1814 creation, it remains the premise for Norway’s democratic political climate. While the Turkish culture is rooted in over four thousand years of history, the Republic of Turkey is a fairly young nation, established in October of 1923 (TCF, 2015).
Little remains of historical ties to the…
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