Czechoslovak Arms Exports to Africa (1954–68)

  • Philip Muehlenbeck


Czechoslovakia had long been one of the world’s leading exporters of weapons to the developing world. Through the sale of arms, Czechoslovakia was able to make a profit through the disposal of obsolete weapons, stimulate its industrial economy, and form closer political relations with the states that purchased its arms. Arms exports and military training were a gateway to increased influence in Third World states because they created a technical dependence on Czechoslovakia for training, spare parts, and ammunition. Military assistance was also often a precursor to greater trade relationships with recipient states. Therefore, Czechoslovak military aid played a significant role in the overall growth of Soviet bloc influence in Africa during the late 1950s and early 1960s.


African National Congress Soviet Bloc Nigerian Government Military Assistance Soviet Foreign Policy 
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