The Warsaw Pact

The Warsaw Pact is the name commonly given to the treaty between Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union, which was signed in Poland in 1955 and was officially called 'The Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance'. Although this rather cute title sounds more like the agreement which you and your friend have about sending cards to each other on Valentine's Day, it was actually a military treaty, which bound its signatories to come to the aid of the others, should any one of them be the victim of foreign aggression.

Nominally the Warsaw Pact was a response to a similar treaty made by the Western Allies in 1949 (the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, or NATO) as well as the re-militarization of West Germany in 1954, both of which posed a potential threat to the Eastern countries. Although it was stressed by all that the Warsaw Treaty was based on total equality of each nation and mutual non-interference in one another's internal affairs, the Pact quickly became a powerful political tool for the Soviet Union to hold sway over its allies and harness the powers of their combined military. When Hungary tried to extricate themselves from the agreement in 1956, Soviet forces moved to crush the uprising; and, in 1968, Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia (with support from five other Pact members), after the Czech government began to exhibit 'Imperialistic' tendencies.

Following the diminishing power of the USSR in the 1980s and the eventual fall of Communism the treaty became redundant. The Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved in Prague in 1991, after successive governments withdrew their support of the treaty.


* This article on the Warsaw Pact is meant to be an informative introduction to Warsaw's history for travellers, and is not meant to be used for academic research. Please do not use it for any academic papers, but instead refer to published academic works and textbooks. *

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Anonymous from United States Reply Jun 28th, 2011

Technically, since NATO is still going strong and Warsaw has been disbanded,NATO won. But it was basically a stalemate throughout the war. Many people think that USA didn't win, but our goal was to contain communism, and we did that everywhere except Vietnam.

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Ania from Poland Reply Feb 8th, 2011

Dillon- Warsaw Pact does not exist nor does USSR. Furthermore, there was a unification of the East and West Germany. The nations that Warsaw Pact has been constituted of are presently part of NATO.

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Gajanan Hirde from India Reply Jan 9th, 2011

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dillon from United States Reply Dec 6th, 2010

alot of you are confused what warsaw pact was. it waz the alliance of those who were communists, and nato is those who are democracy, even today nato exist and i believe since nato still exist today so does warsaw pact, its obvious that russia is not happy about loseing to us during the cold war. russia is not your friend. they support any communist country such as china and north korea. those are the countries we have to worry about, atleast thats what i think.

HABIBULLAH from Pakistan Reply Dec 1st, 2010

warsaw pact assumed immense in the history of europe.it solve the problems of european states wich were bleeding wounds of batic states.it transfom war into friendship.and assumed trade among anguish states of europe.

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