The Bear and the Eagles: Soviet Influence in The 1970 and 1980 Polish Succession Crises

Howard Frost


The extent and dynamics of Moscow's control over its East European
neighbors have always been of considerable interest to Western analysts. The nature of this influence has become particularly important as the Soviet Union has, within certain parameters, condoned a modicum of East European flexibility in domestic and foreign policy since the mid-1960s. One of the most intriguing areas in the study of Soviet policy toward Eastern Europe is Soviet-East European crisis management, and particularly the extent to which the Soviets can affect the outcome of crises their allies face.

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