Commerce as a British Cold War ‘Heresy’: The Intra-NATO Debate on Trade with the Soviet Bloc, 1962–5
By the early 1960s, post-war reconstruction and development had led to a relatively elaborate international economy. This evolved from the need to cover immediate needs, to fulfilling the requirements of the complicated world of sustained growth, expanded international trade, finance and financial guarantees. On the Cold War front, the search for détente seemed to open new prospects for a more active Western trade policy with the Soviet bloc. Within NATO, Britain took the lead in arguing that commerce with the Eastern bloc could present such opportunities. However, the allies had reservations, and the ensuing debate raged within NATO during the mid-1960s.
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