European Socialist Regimes' Fateful Engagement with the West: National Strategies in the Long 1970s

Romano, A. and Romero, F. (Eds.) (2020) European Socialist Regimes' Fateful Engagement with the West: National Strategies in the Long 1970s. Series: Cold War history. Routledge: London ; New York. ISBN 9780367356170

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This edited volume analyses European socialist countries’ strategy of engagement with the West and the European Economic Community in the long 1970s. The book focuses on a time when the socialist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe banked their hopes for prosperity and stability on enhanced relations with the West. Crossing the traditional differences among diverse fields of historiography, it assesses the complex influence of European and global processes of transformation on the socialist elites’ reading of the international political and economic environment and their consequent decision-making. The volume also explores the debate in each country among and within the elites involved in policymaking as they elaborated this strategic view and coped with shortcomings and unexpected turns. A comparative analysis of national cases shows a shared logic and common patterns, together with national variations and a plurality of views on the desirability of exchanges with their capitalist neighbours and on the ways to promote them. The multinational coverage of seven countries makes this volume a starting point for anyone interested in each socialist state’s foreign policy, intra-bloc relations, economic strategy, transformation and collapse, relations with the European Community and access to the EU. This book will be of much interest to students and researchers of Cold War Studies, European history, and International Relations.

Item Type:Edited Books
Additional Information:This research has been generously funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement no. 669194).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Romano, Dr Angela
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Published Online:15 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Selection and editorial matter, Angela Romano and Federico Romero; individual chapters, the contributors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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