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An untold story: The Romanian-Finnish diplomatic bonds (1923-1939)
An untold story: The Romanian-Finnish diplomatic bonds (1923-1939)

Author(s): Silviu-Marian Miloiu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: Romania; Finland; diplomacy; bonds

Summary/Abstract: The Romanian-Finnish interwar diplomatic relations tell the story of aims, projects, and some achievements but also of failures and short-sightedness. This was partly a reflection of the belief that decisive in a smaller state’s visions’ coming to life rested in its capacity to influence the chancelleries of the greater powers. Consequently, both Finland and Romania encouraged a foreign policy more active on the east-west than on the north-south axis. The fact that the two countries, regardless their geographic and cultural distance, shared the unenviable experience of neighbouring Soviet Russia upset from time to time, especially when instability prevailed in the region, this pattern. Some diplomats also played a role in influencing the development of the relationship between the two states. This paper elaborates on the role of interests and diplomats in the ups and downs of the Romanian-Finnish diplomatic relations after the Romanian and Finnish legations to Helsinki and Bucharest were closed in 1922-1923.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 7-8
  • Page Range: 93-110
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English