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Romanian Policy Towards Germany, 1936-40

Romanian Policy Towards Germany, 1936-40 by Rebecca Haynes
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This new book, based on archival research, contests the assumption that Romania remained pro-western in the late 1930s and only joined the Axis as a result of western negligence and German pressure. Instead, Germany was drawn by Romanian politicians into political and economic cooperation with Bucharest.

Romanian fears of Soviet expansion was an important factor in leading Romania to seek German protection. The Romanians also hoped that friendly relations would prevent Germany backing Hungarian revisionist claims on Romania. Simultaneously, the Romanians initiated economic plans to draw the Germans into helping build up Romania's industry, infrastructure and armed forces.

In the event, this proved Romania's undoing. Let down by her German protector, Romania was forced by Germany to cede territory to the Soviet Union, Hungary and Bulgaria. Only after this was Germany prepared to grant Romania the alliance she was seeking.
Palgrave Macmillan; July 2000
216 pages; ISBN 9780230598188
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Title: Romanian Policy Towards Germany, 1936-40
Author: Rebecca Haynes