Untying Cold War knots: the EEC and Eastern Europe in the long 1970s

Romano, A. (2014) Untying Cold War knots: the EEC and Eastern Europe in the long 1970s. Cold War History, 14(2), pp. 153-173. (doi: 10.1080/14682745.2013.791680)

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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:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Romano, Dr Angela
Authors: Romano, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Cold War History
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):1743-7962

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