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Course of Our Times, The; Rumania On the Tightrope

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Course of Our Times, The
Rumania On the Tightrope
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“Nicolai Ceausescu took over leadership in Rumania in 1965 when the country was solidly anchored in the orbit of the Soviet Union. Form the outset he denied the right of masters in Kremlin to compel the subordination of the national interests of the Communist bloc to those of the Soviet Union. He was adroit enough however never to go too far and thereby risk the fate of Hungary, and later Czechoslovakia, where too much boldness brought invasion and repression. In July of 1967 he dramatically established diplomatic ties with West Germany. After the stunning victory of the Israelis over the Arabs in the Six Day War of 1967, he refused to follow the lead of the Soviet Union and other Communist states that broke all diplomatic relations with Israel. He denounced the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia that crushed Dubcek’s drive for autonomy. His advocacy of international exchange and peaceful coexistence culminated in August 1969 in a visit by President Nixon who became the first American president to be received with honors in a Communist state since World War II.”



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Chicago: “Course of Our Times, The; Rumania On the Tightrope,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D3A8DC78963F47B5A921F6C2ABF9D5E7.
MLA: “Course of Our Times, The; Rumania On the Tightrope.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D3A8DC78963F47B5A921F6C2ABF9D5E7>.
APA: Course of Our Times, The; Rumania On the Tightrope. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D3A8DC78963F47B5A921F6C2ABF9D5E7
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