By Marco Wyss
Nice Britain was once impartial Switzerland's major provider of heavy weaponry through the early chilly battle. Marco Wyss analyses this armaments courting opposed to the historical past of Anglo-Swiss kinfolk among 1945 and 1958, and thereby assesses the function of fingers transfers, neutrality and Britain, in addition to the 2 nations' political, fiscal and army relations.
By utilizing multi-archival study, the writer discovers "traits of specialness" within the Anglo-Swiss dating, analyses the incentives for Berne's guns purchases and London's palms revenues, sheds new gentle at the chilly conflict fingers move process and the motivations of the partaking states, and questions the sustainability of neutrality in the course of the East-West clash, in addition to Britain's function from a western impartial and small energy point of view.
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86 Yet, Finland was a different type of neutral to Switzerland. It was only during the 1950s that Finland began to present itself as a neutral to the world, and only then that the superpowers began to consider it as such. Moreover, the Finns were linked to the Soviet Union through the treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance of 1948. ), Switzerland and War: Occasional Papers in Swiss Studies, Bern: Peter Lang, 1999, pp. 113–128; Imhof, Kurt, “Die Schweiz im Kalten Krieg oder der ‘Sonderfall’ im Westblock”, Itinera, No.
From a military perspective it was clear by 1950 that the Empire’s security could not be guaranteed by Britain alone and “British policy-makers had to enlist American aid”. : Greenwood, 1993, pp. 25–27, 84, 68. 119 Parker, op. , pp. 448–449. 120 Adamthwaite, op. , pp. 20, 13. 121 Reynolds, Britannia Overruled…, op. , p. 158. : Macmillan, 2002, pp. 11–12. ), The Origins of the Cold War in Europe: International Perspectives, New Haven CT and London: Yale University Press, 1994, passim. 124 Deighton, op.
Les petits Etats et la construction européenne, Actes de la VIIe Chaire Glaverbel d’études européennes 2001–2002, Berne etc. : Peter Lang, 2002, p. 43; Halliday, Fred, European Neutralism and Cold War Politics: A Harder Look, Sheffield: Univer sity of Sheffield, 1990, p. 6. introduction17 This achievement was not mainly a reflection of Switzerland’s military preparedness, but rather the important concessions made to Nazi Germany, voluntarily and involuntarily. 60 The Swiss situation after the Second World War resembled to some extent the Netherlands’ after the First World War.
Arms Transfers, Neutrality and Britain’s Role in the Cold War: Anglo-Swiss Relations 1945-1958 by Marco Wyss