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Marusia CÎRSTEA, Louis Barthou – on a diplomatic mission to secure an “Oriental Agreement” (1934)

Marusia CÎRSTEA
Associate Professor, PhD, University of Craiova, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of History, Political Sciences and International Relations;
E-mail: cirsteamara@yahoo.com

Abstract
The article is founded on a number of unpublished documents and it highlights the fact that the French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou had a plan of negotiation for an “Oriental Agreement”, based on the principle of collective security. To accomplish this goal, in 1934 Barthou went on a tour of several countries in Eastern Europe (Poland and Czechoslovakia in April, Romania and Yugoslavia in June). Through these – summit – meetings, Barthou hoped to prepare a rapprochement between The Soviet Union, Poland and the Little Agreement, which, together with the Balkan Agreement, was meant “to constitute a new policy of Central and Oriental Europe, guaranteeing peace in Eastern Europe”.

Keywords
Oriental Agreement, Romania, France, Louis Barthou, Nicolae Titulescu

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