Comecon in 1956—1960 A Look from France. According to the Materials of the Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France
Comecon in 1956—1960 A Look from France. According to the Materials of the Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France
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PII
S207987840002409-8-1
DOI
10.18254/S0002409-8-1
Publication type
Article
Status
Published
Authors
Evgeny Osipov 
Affiliation:
Institute of World History
State Academic University for the Humanities
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Abstract
In the article, based on the materials of the French Foreign Ministry archive, the author analyzes the French view of the development of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon) in 1956—1960. An analysis of the documents shows that serious progress in economic interaction between the countries of the Eastern Bloc took place in 1956—1957, which changes the historiography's notion that only since the early 1960s. we can speak of notable successes in the work of the Comecon. In the second half of the 50's the partners in the socialist bloc began coordinating economic development plans for a long period and began to implement the principle of specialization, which allows us to speak of genuine economic integration. Already in these years Comecon was perceived in the West as a serious competitor to the newly created European Economic Community. Although a number of difficulties related to the large amount of financial expenditure for the development of industrial production in the Comecon countries, assistance to the Third World countries, as well as to the closed structure of the East European market questioned the prospects for further integration.
Keywords
Comecon, integration, specialization, Cold war, socialist bloc
Received
02.06.2018
Publication date
31.08.2018
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