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The Proclamation of Romania’s Neutrality (September 1939) and its effects on the Romanian-Polish relations
The Proclamation of Romania’s Neutrality (September 1939) and its effects on the Romanian-Polish relations

Author(s): Daniel Hrenciuc
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: Romania; Poland; alliance; neutrality; World War II

Summary/Abstract: This article approaches the effects of the abrupt diplomatic changes of 1939 upon the relations between two East-Central European mid-sized nations, Poland and Romania, and upon their international behaviour. Allies starting with 1921 but choosing a different foreign policy line in the 1930s, the two countries were deeply affected by the August 1939 German-Soviet Pact which destroyed the European equilibrium. Realist and humanitarian, the Romanian foreign policy opted for neutrality when the German-Polish war broke out, but helped the Polish as much as the rules of neutrality allowed it. Because the Romanian- Polish alliance did not ask for more and Romania could not do more in 1939, this was the best Polish could realistically ask from the Romanian Kingdom.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 115-128
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English