Eroding Empire: Western Relations with Eastern Europe

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EIGHT
The Views from Vienna and Rome

J. F. BROWN

IN TRADITIONAL DIPLOMACY the major West European powers, notably the Federal Republic of Germany, have had the most impact on Eastern Europe. But it would be unwise to ignore the impact, especially on East European societies, of some West European states or institutions that may have less power but still remain influential psychologically, culturally, and spiritually. In this context two European capitals, Vienna and Rome, exert unmistakable influence in certain parts of Eastern Europe.


Vienna

As the former capital of an empire that included all or parts of what are now Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Poland, and Yugoslavia, and as the contemporary capital of a neutral, independent, democratic, and successful Austria, Vienna has closely intertwined functions that give it a peculiarly important role in Eastern Europe. There is little need to dwell on Austria's historical relevance or its geographical proximity to Eastern Europe. While the various nationalities over which the Habsburg monarchy so uneasily ruled and the nationalistic feelings they spawned were the basic cause of the eventual downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, some links forged during that time were not easily broken. And now that most parts of the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword ix
  • Contents xi
  • Contents xiii
  • ONE Introduction and Overview 1
  • TWO The East European Setting 8
  • THREE Eastern Europe's Western Connection 39
  • FOUR Interests and Policies in Eastern Europe: The View from Washington 67
  • FIVE The View from Bonn: The Tacit Alliance 129
  • SIX The View from Paris 188
  • SEVEN The View from London 232
  • EIGHT The Views from Vienna and Rome 269
  • Nine Convergence and Conflict: Lessons for the West 292
  • Appendix Tables 330
  • A Note on the Authors 345
  • Index 349
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