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Between the Blocs Problems and Prospects for Europe's Neutral and Nonaligned States by Joseph Kruzel

Between the Blocs Problems and Prospects for Europe's Neutral and Nonaligned States

Part of the Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series


Between the Blocs Problems and Prospects for Europe's Neutral and Nonaligned States by Joseph Kruzel

The major European neutrals - Austria, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland - are heirs to a venerable and adaptable tradition. In the turmoil of the past two centuries, many neutral states have disappeared, others have joined alliance systems, and those that have remained or become neutral have often seen themselves as misunderstood, even as their international positions have solidified. Neutrality is no longer an easily defined, static legal concept, but an evolving political practice. Between the Blocs, published in 1990, features many of the pre-eminent scholars and political figures who have crafted the shape and meaning of the modern policy of neutrality and nonalignment in contemporary Europe. With its wide-ranging and non-ideological analysis of the phenomenon of Europe's neutral analysis of the phenomenon of Europe's natural and non-aligned states, Between the Blocs promises to become a modern classic in the field.


John Foster Dulles is long gone, but still Americans are prone to regard neutrality as, if not a sin, then a nuisance. This volume is a welcome antidote, neither extolling nor dismissing neutrality. Rather, it demonstrates the range of both the forms of, and the challenges to, neutrality. Kruzel's fine conclusion stresses the contrast between neutral realists, who believe quiet voices befit small powers, and neutral idealists, who seek to reshape the international system. This book is all the more valuable as Europe confronts new neutrals from Eastern Europe and new roles for neutrality in the post-Cold War order.

Gregory F. Treverton in Foreign Affairs

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Publication date

26th January 1990


Joseph Kruzel

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Cambridge University Press


344 pages


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