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By Laurien Crump

The Warsaw Pact is usually considered as a trifling software of Soviet strength. within the Nineteen Sixties the alliance however advanced right into a multilateral alliance, during which the non-Soviet Warsaw Pact participants received huge scope for manoeuvre. This booklet examines to what quantity the Warsaw Pact inadvertently supplied its contributors with a chance to say their very own pursuits, emancipate themselves from the Soviet grip, and impact Soviet bloc coverage. Laurien Crump strains this improvement via six thematic case stories, which take care of such popular occasions because the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Sino-Soviet break up, the Vietnam struggle, the nuclear query, and the Prague Spring. by way of analyzing hitherto missed archival proof from data in Berlin, Bucharest, and Rome, and forthcoming the Soviet alliance from a noticeably novel standpoint, the e-book bargains unforeseen insights into diplomacy in japanese Europe, whereas laying off new mild on a pivotal interval within the chilly War.

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18 A. Locher, Crisis? What Crisis? NATO, de Gaulle, and the Future of the Alliance, 1963–1966 (Berlin, 2010), and H. Haftendorn, NATO and the Nuclear Revolution. A Crisis of Credibility, 1966–1967 (Oxford, 1996), respectively. See also Wenger et al. (eds), Transforming NATO. 19 V. Mastny, ‘The New History of Cold War Alliances’, Journal of Cold War Studies 4:2 (2002), 76. Although this article was written in 2002, its claims are still valid. 12 Introduction 20 Mastny and Byrne (eds), Cardboard Castle.

Moreover, the treaty carried considerable advantages to its proposed members, consisting of Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the GDR, Hungary, Poland, Romania and, of course, the Soviet Union itself. The East German leadership had a particular stake in the alliance, since it was the only 22 Embryonic emancipation, 1955–64 international institution that recognised the existence of the GDR. 30 The same applied to the Polish and Czechoslovak party leaders, although to a lesser extent, as they, too, sought a way to secure the unrecognised borders with Germany.

45 The Warsaw Treaty was, accordingly, also intended as a diplomatic instrument to safeguard European security through political means. 47 According to the Warsaw Treaty, the main organ of the Warsaw Pact would therefore be a ‘Political Consultative Committee’ (PCC), analogous to NATO’s North Atlantic Council, which would consist of a number of representatives from every WP country. In actual fact the PCC almost exclusively consisted of the party leader, the prime minister, the minister of foreign affairs and the minister of defence from each member state.

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