British Policy Towards Socialist Countries in the 1970s: Trade as a Cornerstone of Détente
British policy towards the Socialist bloc countries in the 1970s is fertile ground for analysing the relationship between commerce and the Foreign Office. At the domestic level, the 1964–77 period saw three committees inquiring into the diplomatic service’s organization and tasks, and calling for a tighter relationship between diplomacy and trade. At the international level, this long decade was characterized by the consolidation and deepening of a web of contacts, exchanges and mutual treaty obligations between West European capitalist countries and East European Socialist states, a process known as détente.
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