By Malcolm Byrne, Magdalena Klotzbach
A Cardboard fort? is the 1st booklet to rfile, research, and interpret the background of the Warsaw Pact in line with the data of the alliance itself. As steered via the identify, the Soviet bloc army computer that held the West in awe for many of the chilly battle doesn't look from the interior as bold as outsiders frequently believed, nor have been its strengths and weaknesses an identical at diverse instances in its unusually lengthy background, extending for nearly part a century. The introductory learn by way of Mastny assesses the debatable origins of the "superfluous" alliance, its next look for a objective, its problem and consolidation regardless of congenital weaknesses, in addition to its unforeseen loss of life. lots of the 193 files integrated within the booklet have been most sensible mystery and feature only in the near past been got from jap ecu data through the personal home page undertaking. the vast majority of the records have been translated particularly for this quantity and feature by no means seemed in English ahead of. The introductory feedback to person records by means of co-editor Byrne clarify the actual value of every merchandise. A chronology of the most occasions within the heritage of the Warsaw Pact, an inventory of its top officers, a selective multilingual bibliography, and an analytical index upload to the significance of a e-book that units the hot common as a reference paintings at the topic and facilitate its use through either scholars and basic readers.
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December 5–7: A meeting of the committee of defense ministers in Soﬁa takes note of the Soviet withdrawal from the Geneva arms control talks but takes no other measures in response to the Euromissile deployments. 1984 February 9: Iurii Andropov dies; two days later Konstantin U. Chernenko assumes the post of Soviet party general secretary. April 19–20: During a meeting in Budapest, Warsaw Pact foreign ministers, with the exception of Romania, endorse the Soviet position that a return to conditions that held prior to the deployment of Euromissiles is a precondition for resumption of negotiations on intermediate-range missiles.
1977 January 18: Brezhnev in a speech at Tula, south of Moscow, denies any Soviet desire for strategic superiority. March 21–29: The “Soiuz-77” exercise is held in Hungary and ČSSR, including Soviet forces. It presumes a NATO attack involving use of Austrian territory, but presupposes that by the second day the Warsaw Pact will already begin a counteroffensive that pushes the enemy back. May 25–26: The ﬁrst meeting of the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs takes place in Moscow, to prepare a common position for the upcoming CSCE Belgrade conference.
The ministers oppose discussing mutual reductions of conventional forces at the conference. August 12: The Soviet–West German treaty and declaration of intentions, signed in Moscow, rules out the use or threat of force and proclaims the inviolability of existing borders while leaving open the possibility of their peaceful change. It also opens the way to agreements on normalization of relations between West Germany and Poland as well as between the two German states. August 20: At a PCC meeting in Moscow, Brezhnev defends the Soviet–West German treaty as a compromise favorable to the East, but Polish and Czechoslovak leaders fear an increased West German inﬂuence in their countries.