The Polish Crisis and Relations with Eastern Europe, 1979-1982: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume X, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Polish Crisis and Relations with Eastern Europe, 1979-1982

Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume X, 1st Edition

Edited by Isabelle Tombs, Richard Smith

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Description

This volume presents a collection of diplomatic documents describing Britain’s relations with Eastern Europe from 1979 to 1982, with special focus on the crisis in Poland.

After coming to power in 1979, the Conservative Government of Margaret Thatcher reaffirmed a policy of ‘differentiation’ between the Soviet Union and the rest of Eastern Europe, and between individual countries; concurrently it encouraged states to exercise a limited amount of independence. This policy was soon put to the test when in 1980 Solidarność, the Solidarity trade union led by Lech Wałęsa, challenged the power of the Party state in Poland. Political demands, social unrest and economic crisis culminated in the imposition of martial law in December 1981, finally suspended in December 1982. The volume maps the UK response, in consultation with Western partners, to the unfolding crisis in Poland, the threat of Soviet intervention and the impact on other Communist states in Europe. The volume also provides a flavour of bilateral UK relations with Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia; highlighting themes such as human rights and trade.

This volume will be of great interest to students of British Politics, Eastern European Politics, Cold War History, Diplomacy Studies and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

Preface

I: ‘Differentiation’ and the emergence of Solidarity: 18 September 1979 — 10 December 1981

II: The imposition of martial law in Poland: 13 December 1981 — 23 December 1982

About the Editors

Isabelle Tombs is former Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Richard Smith is Senior Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

About the Series

Whitehall Histories

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Publications

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS010010
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy