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Untying cold war knots: the EEC and eastern Europe in the long 1970s

Romano, Angela (2014) Untying cold war knots: the EEC and eastern Europe in the long 1970s. Cold War History, 14 (2). pp. 153-173. ISSN 1468-2745

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14682745.2013.791680


This article sheds new light on the interrelation between Western European integration and the Cold War by unveiling and bringing under scrutiny the active role of the EEC in East-West relations. It argues that the EEC's pro-active Eastern policy was pivotal in loosening Cold War constraints in Europe and engendering instead a new kind of intra-European relations. Relations between the EEC and socialist bloc countries grew more intense and diversified, irrespective of the renewed superpower confrontation. Not only were détente and integration compatible, they actually reinforced each other, and the EEC proved to be a major and successful promoter of the overcoming of the Cold War in Europe.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group.
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 15:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:47
Projects: Grant Agreement no 2010-273072
Funders: European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)

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