European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents during the Second by Neville Wylie

By Neville Wylie

This assortment offers the main finished English-language survey of the behavior of impartial and non-belligerent states through the warfare for 50 years. The essays specialize in how person impartial governments perceived overseas advancements and demonstrate the family political situations that severely affected their reaction to the process the warfare. They accordingly give you the political context that has been ignored in contemporary controversies surrounding their humanitarian and fiscal actions, and provide analytical introductions to the massive quantity of historic writing unavailable in English.

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L. Bindschedler, H. R. Kurz, W. Carlgren, and S. ), Schwedisch und schweizerische Neutralit¨at im Zweiten Weltkrieg (Basle,  ) and John F. L. Ross, Neutrality and International Sanctions. Sweden, Switzerland and Collective Security (Westport,  ).  Neville Wylie public, perceptions of the war years. The compromises, moral or otherwise, that both made during the war are now being integrated into public discussion of the period. Fundamental to this re-evaluation is the two countries’ response to the humanitarian catastrophe that overwhelmed Europe after   .

At a practical level, the unprecedented campaign yielded impressive results; those ‘named and shamed’ made ex gratia payments to Holocaust survivors and their families, and the process of tracing heirless assets and returning them to their rightful owners has been accelerated. At an historical level, the event has been highly instructive. One of the first points to emerge was just how little the historical community knew about the issues being discussed. The neutrals had been a terra incognita for so long that much of the early discussions were marred by an ignorance of the basic facts, and an over-reliance on preconceptions and assumptions that were later found to be faulty.

Bulgaria’s relations with Russia were, on the face of it, very different from Romania’s. Russia was Bulgaria’s historic patron and had actively promoted pan-Slavism. Popular sympathies towards Russia were so strong that King Boris once quipped that he was the only genuine Bulgarian patriot in the entire country. Yet, as Vesselin Dimitrov notes, it  Ciano’s remarks as recorded by Soviet ambassador in Rome,  June  , cited in Gorodetsky, Grand Delusion, .  Neville Wylie was again the looming threat of Russian influence that finally propelled Bulgaria into German arms.

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