The Baltic States and Weimar Ostpolitik

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Cambridge University Press, May 2, 2002 - History - 292 pages
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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
1
The Baltic Germans as Auslandsdeutsche
36
TRADE AND FOREIGN POLICY 19213
63
The politics of provisional trade treaties
93
WEIMAR REVISIONISM AND BALTIC SECURITY 192333
119
The politics of arbitration Locarno and the Baltic
142
CONCLUSIONS
171
Tables
199
Abbreviations
205
Notes
206
Bibliography
243
Index
266
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