The Integration Of West Germany Into The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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The integration of West Germany into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) petrified the Soviet Union and caused them to create their own military and economic alliance known as the Warsaw Pact. Even though it was initially referred to as a Treaty on Friendship, the Soviets became increasingly authoritative in regard to the actions of their so called allies and provided these nations with the impetus to withdraw from the Pact. Two countries that felt the sting of Russian authoritarianism were Russia and Czechoslovakia. The inability for the Soviet Union to cooperate with other countries prevented the Pact from economically and socially thriving, resulting in disbandment in 1991. The Soviet Union’s overwhelming control over other Warsaw Pact countries suffocated the nations involved, and contributed to the overall decline of communism.

In the late 1940s, the United States, Great Britain, and France occupied areas in West Germany and West Berlin. (History.com) Both the United States and Soviet Union proclaimed they wanted Germany to be unified, however, it was apparent they were only willing if their own countries benefited. These countries unified their controlled areas to form the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. The creation of the Federal Republic of Germany delayed the potential of unification in Germany from occurring.. On May 5th, 1955, the three countries relinquished their ownership of German territories. On May 9th, West Germany joined NATO, which…

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