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Tactical oscillations

Sabine Dullin

in Men of Influence

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748622191
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622191.003.0004
Tactical oscillations

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The foundations laid by the Treaty of Rapallo provided a sufficiently strong basis, and Hitler's coming to power only seemingly changed the foreign policy of the Soviet Union. There was a prevailing sense of uncertainty in international politics as a whole, and this was especially the case in the mid-1930s. With a hint of irony, Maxim Litvinov reminded people that it was not possible to make five-year plans in international politics. Soviet foreign policy was largely reactive, changing according to events and circumstances. In this context, Soviet diplomats were aware early on of the specific danger represented by Hitler, and it was they who sounded a warning and put forward diplomatic proposals to prevent conflict, which involved assessing the numbers of anti-German forces in Europe. However, to maintain his influence and the course that had been set, Litvinov was obliged to obtain results.

Keywords: Germany; Hitler; Stalin; international politics; Maxim Litvinov; Soviet foreign policy; anti-German forces

Chapter.  26094 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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