The Baltic States and Weimar Ostpolitik

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Cambridge University Press, May 2, 2002 - History - 292 pages
The historical and geographical significance of the Baltic Sea as a Russian gateway to the West has sometimes overshadowed its reciprocal significance as a German window on the East, but in the period after the First World War the Baltic was to become of critical importance to a German state then shorn of much international authority. This study shows in detail how the Weimar Republic sought to develop its economic influence in the newly independent Baltic states, to ensure the retention of a vital 'springboard' into Russia after 1918. At one level this book therefore presents a fresh chapter in the chronicle of Weimar-Soviet relations. In addition, however, Germany's highly successful trade policy involved competition with other Western powers, notably Britain, and necessarily had important implications for inter-war international politics: analysis of Polish and French diplomatic intentions in the region leads Dr Hiden to a wider evaluation of the whole relationship between trade and foreign policy in Weimar Ostpolitik.
 

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Contents

THE POLITICS OF PEACEMAKING 191920
xi
The Baltic Germans as Auslandsdeutsche
34
TRADE AND FOREIGN POLICY 19213
61
The politics of provisional trade treaties
91
WEIMAR REVISIONISM AND BALTIC SECURITY 192333
117
The politics of arbitration Locarno and the Baltic
140
CONCLUSIONS
169
Map
196
Tables
197
Abbreviations
203
Notes
204
Bibliography
241
Index
264
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