An overview of British-Romanian relations after 1918 suggests that Britain and Romania were never able to regard each other squarely until December 1989. Until that date, from the British point of view, Romania was part of something broader — French policies in South-East Europe, German domination of the area in the late 1930s and during the Second World War, and then the Soviet Union’s postwar hegemony. Romania had an uncomfortable neighbour — Russia, against whom she sought a guarantor. France played that role after the First World War, to be replaced by Germany after the Anschluss with Austria of March 1938. As Maurice Pearton has pointed out, ‘Anglo-Romanian relations resolved themselves into successive attempts to establish a working rapprochment between two distinct sets of perceptions and aspirations which were slightly out of focus with each other’.1


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  1. 1.
    Maurice Pearton (2005), ‘British-Romanian Relations during the 20th Century: Some Reflections’, in Dennis Deletant (ed.), In and Out of Focus: Romania and Britain, Relations and Perspectives from 1930 to the Present (Bucharest: British Council, Cavallioti), pp. 1–10 (1).Google Scholar
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    David Walker (1942), Death at my Heels (London: Chapman and Hall), pp. 24–5.Google Scholar
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    Patrick Maitland (1946), European Dateline (London: Quality Press), pp. 74–5. Patrick Francis Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale (1911–2008), Conservative Member of Parliament for Lanark, 1951–9.Google Scholar
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    Archibald Gibson took over as head of station of MI6 in Bucharest in August 1936; see Keith Jeffrey (2010), MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909–1949 (London: Bloomsbury), p. 273).Google Scholar
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    Details taken from Frantisek Moravec (1975), Master of Spies: The Memoirs of General Frantisek Moravec (London: Bodley Head), pp. 123–50.Google Scholar
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    Dennis Deletant (1985), ‘Archie Gibson: The Times Correspondent in Romania, 1928–1940’, Anuarul Institutului de istorie şi arheologie ‘A. D. Xenopol’, Vol. XXII:135–48.Google Scholar

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  • Dennis Deletant
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  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

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