Neutrality in the early Cold War:Swiss arms imports and neutrality

Wyss, Marco (2012) Neutrality in the early Cold War:Swiss arms imports and neutrality. Cold War History, 12 (1). pp. 25-49. ISSN 1743-7962

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to assess the sustainability of neutrality in the early Cold War. This issue is examined through the study of Switzerland's armament policy. The Swiss were able to maintain their status of a permanent neutral after the Second World War, and thus succeeded in upholding a centuries-long policy. Their armed neutrality, however, required modern weaponry. In search of this material Switzerland turned to the West, while refusing to purchase weapons from the East. The paper argues that Switzerland's self-imposed policy of armed neutrality increased Swiss dependence on western armaments, and thereby endangered its neutrality status and policy.

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Journal Article
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Cold War History
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86106
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Deposited On:
02 May 2017 10:08
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Yes
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Published
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25 Apr 2020 05:03