Verona examines the question of the stationing of Soviet troops in Romania from their arrival in the course of World War II until their withdrawal in 1958. He uses the broad context of Romania's place in Soviet strategy, Stalin's and Khrushchev's policies in eastern Europe, the role of Yugoslavia and East-West relations. Drawing from recently accessible American and British documents, he throws new light on hitherto obscure or unexplored aspects of his subject. But on many points judgment must still be reserved. Knowing what Western diplomats thought was going on in Moscow, Bucharest and Belgrade is no full substitute for primary evidence, which presumably exists (and may soon come to light) in the archives of those former communist capitals.
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