The Warsaw Pact

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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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Cong Ambrose

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Reply Dec 8th, 2017
KJS
United States

Is there today a threat from peoples of these areas as they have come to the US now to live? Were there a long term aspect of that way of thinking to harm the US in a long term process. Were people sent her to do that in time?

Reply Jun 3rd, 2017
jaz
United States

thanks great help

Reply May 8th, 2017
Michael James
United States

Still waiting for answers :/

Reply Apr 27th, 2017
Jonathan Botchway
United States

Very brief but informative!

Reply Apr 16th, 2017
pubes
Hong Kong

really useful

Reply Feb 24th, 2017
Guest
United States

Thank you soo much!!

Reply Mar 7th, 2017
george
Hong Kong

very useful

Reply Dec 31st, 2016
JOHN MCCANCE
United States

Thanks, this clarified a point of 'how this came to be' (so insane) concerning contemporary problems in Poland. Though not extensive, it is a helpful launching point to learn. (Ignorance is a choice, caring is the motivation to overcome insane banter and think independently) This article helped. Thanks!

Reply Nov 4th, 2016
Matt
Canada

Super helpful and informational for exams or papers! Awesome! Political tool for USSR was a great point for why the purpose of internationalism was defeated.

Reply Oct 25th, 2016
Billy
United Kingdom

SOOOOOOO HELPULL FOR EXAMS

Reply Jun 8th, 2016
Leroy
United States

The states involved with the Warsaw Pact were influenced by ussr

Reply May 19th, 2016
Bob
Albania

Yes, that is very correct, Leroy. You could even use stronger words than "influenced". One alternative is "controlled", another is "dominated".

Reply Aug 15th, 2016
Voytek
Austria

Warsaw Pact was a Soviet command structure to control military forces of it's satellites. It's Its primary focus was not to defend against external aggression, but, to preserve Soviet installed regimes in Members' countries. Its only actions were exactly that, overthrow of Hungarian government, followed by overthrow of Czechoslovakian government.

Reply May 5th, 2016
Guest

I agree with what you said Kandin

Reply Feb 10th, 2016
SAEED LUKMAN
Nigeria

Well thi is really informative and not for academics purposes because for us in the humanities there are a lot that need to be know pertaining the WARSAW PACT. issues such as the the principal actors in the formation of the pact,the primary and secondary motives for the pact,how successful the pact was, and so many other questions

Reply Jul 1st, 2015
Ikram Waziri
Pakistan

Very helpful

Reply Apr 9th, 2015
JIMMY

this really helped me in english class. you should use it

Reply Feb 11th, 2015
Jim
Algeria

Could somebody tell me the capital of Warsaw?

Reply Dec 17th, 2014
Dillian
United States

dude. warsaw is the capital of poland. get ur facts straight.

Reply Dec 17th, 2014
Kandin
United States

Warsaw is the capital of Poland

Reply Feb 10th, 2016
Heidi
Germany

This really helped me do my research for my paper. thanks!

Reply Dec 17th, 2014
heidi
Germany

This really helped me.

Reply Dec 17th, 2014
bobby
United States

Would they ever felt sorry/bad for what they did?

Reply Dec 2nd, 2014
kyle
Netherlands

what advantages did the warsaw pact countries have in a conflict with nato?

Reply Nov 5th, 2014
Stephany
United States

If one of the countries would be attacked, it promised them security from the USSR

Reply May 14th, 2015
Mattra
Bangladesh

The perfect notes for exam preparation. Thanks

Reply Nov 23rd, 2013
Harry
Australia

All true facts, i would use this information for academic research. Thanks

Reply Aug 21st, 2013
TAJAMMUL KAMAL
Pakistan

it is totally based on unipolarization & harmful for the developing countries

Reply Apr 14th, 2013
nick
United States

nice but no capion for the picture????

Reply Apr 10th, 2013
Goldfish
United States

Wait does any body know what the political organization of the warsaw pact was?

Reply Apr 3rd, 2013
United States

but hurt fuckers

Reply Apr 3rd, 2013
United States

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Reply Feb 21st, 2013
GiantD
United States

This is interesting....

Reply Feb 13th, 2013
Eric
United States

LOL at the guy who said he was horny!

Reply Feb 11th, 2013
poopy mouth
Bhutan

i like the part where they showed the turtles mating, i had no idea what those poor little creatures have to go through

Reply Feb 1st, 2013
Dirty Dan
United States

Very informative, it got me horny.

Reply Jan 31st, 2013
SN jha
India

Very informative and unbiased data which shows " negative groupism is always fatal towards humanity" . Thanks.

Reply Jan 2nd, 2013
Uzma
Pakistan

Wel. . This article is really inf0rmative. . Like it! And the main reas0n for warSaw pact made six yearS after NATO is that in 1955 america made west germany as a member of NATO so sovait replied immediately by making Warsaw pact! Thanks. . . !

Reply Nov 30th, 2012
James
United Kingdom

why did hungary want to leave the pact if it was a pact of friendship?

Reply Nov 17th, 2012
Bob
Albania

I don't know if your question is sarcastic or not :-) The Russian-dominated USSR was using the Warsaw "Pact" as a way of dominating several countries, keeping communist puppet regimes there. When students in Hungary had had enough of this, they went out in the streets to demonstrate against communism, instead demanding freedom. The Russians could of course not tolerate this, and the conflict developed into battles with thousands of dead people and hundreds of thousands of refugees. "Pact of friendship" is typical doublespeak: Using a very misleading name to hide reality.

Reply Aug 15th, 2016
Emmanuel
United States

A very replete and didactic, aggregate of information pertaining to the significance of treaties. The Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance is indefinitely a material source of prospective international law students. The Warsaw Pact military alliance was, without incertitude, dominated by their desire to prevent, at all costs, any further recurrence of a large scale invasion of its territories from the western powers (NATO) and the Paris Pacts of 1954. The members of these states were emotionalized by the previous empires in their attempt for conquest. Very brilliant!

Reply Nov 16th, 2012
David
Canada

Exactly what I need for my short assignement, thanks!

Reply Nov 5th, 2012
Mjay
Argentina

Absolutely amazing! I now have a great understanding of the Warsaw Pact

Reply Oct 30th, 2012
Georgia
Australia

the information I needed, clearly put, thankyou!

Reply Oct 20th, 2012
Rick Sims
United States

When will people stop rewriting history in order to promote their own agendas. If you check the facts you will find that the formation of NATO and the rearming of West Germany was done in response to the growing threat of the Soviet Union. The creation of the Warsaw Pact was only a formality.

Reply Oct 11th, 2012
Luna Doom
United States

Hey that's all the information I need, though it was a little too brief...

Reply Oct 10th, 2012
anna
United States

Hey yam if u want to be negitive do it somewhere else plz its rude so shut the heck up plz 4 all of our sakes good info helped me with project :)

Reply Oct 4th, 2012
reema
India

very informative .short and brief..............thank u for sharing this

Reply Aug 23rd, 2012
akshat
India

Very informative and the best site to clear doubts and having something add to your knowledge

Reply Jul 30th, 2012
Nessness
Canada

Good short summary of the Warsaw pact. I got what I needed for my assignment, thanks.

Reply Jul 29th, 2012
Random
Australia

Information is great, very helpful

Reply Jun 14th, 2012
brody
United States

verrrrry helpful!!!!! thankzzz every1!

Reply May 15th, 2012
Parker Paxson
United States

I truly hate americans like yam, that give all of us a bad name, this was an incredibly helpful article and I'm sorry on behalf of all of us "yanks" ;D

Reply May 15th, 2012
Hailee
United States

Great Website!

Reply May 8th, 2012
United States

great info, very helpful (-:

Reply May 2nd, 2012
hey!
United States

hey yam! can you please stop calling the Warsaw pact retarded? and you spelled it wrong by the way. this is a sensitive topic for european people and it can be offensive by calling it this. it is a helpful site and you need to SHUT UP! leave your comments to yourself and leave the site if you don't like it. just please don't leave your negativity with all of us. Thanks

Reply May 2nd, 2012
Gopal Shankar Prasad
India

The write-up is an excellent piece of informative essay on the Warsaw Pact,-its genesis,role during its continuance and termination.Kudos !

Reply May 2nd, 2012
yam
United States

this is retarted nobody cares

Reply Apr 27th, 2012
a dork
United States

i love this site!!!! 10/10!!!

Reply Apr 22nd, 2012
Carol
United States

I think this site displays very good detailed information about the Warsaw Pact.... I use this site all the time for American History

Reply Apr 22nd, 2012
jack
United States

youre all a bunch of balsavics

Reply Apr 21st, 2012
Mir Mir J
United States

this gave me GREAT info for my school powerpoint project. it helped lots :0

Reply Apr 18th, 2012
Linda
Finland

Well written and informative summary; however, I needed to search the comments to find out WHO formed the Warsaw Pact. (Thank you, to the one that included the info:) Otherwise, great work!

Reply Apr 9th, 2012
anabela
United States

No caption for the picture? :-/

Reply Mar 21st, 2012
darren
United States

that's a helpful site thank you very much WARSAW-LIFE.COM!!!

Reply Mar 19th, 2012
Dannii
United Kingdom

Khrushchev created the pact, and I found this site really good for my GCSEs :)

Reply Mar 11th, 2012
Sophia
United Kingdom

I believe it is a good article however there is still confusion as to WHO created the pact.

Reply Mar 4th, 2012
sowmya
India

nice and helpful.

Reply Feb 24th, 2012
zep
United States

Informative and direct. the only discrepency is that communism did not fall. you still have red china, N korea, Vietnam and others.

Reply Feb 12th, 2012
alex
Australia

great :)

Reply Feb 1st, 2012
rachel
United States

would the author of this site stop making fake comments? this article is average. not superb.

Reply Jan 18th, 2012
gouginlal gangte
India

wow! really helpful.

Reply Jan 12th, 2012
Cian
Ireland

Pretty useful but not enough information

Reply Dec 15th, 2011
Ricky
United States

This worked great. Me and my boyfriend got everything done because of it. It was very informativve for me and my boyfriend.:)

Reply Dec 15th, 2011
kiara
United States

very informative

Reply Nov 30th, 2011
John
Barbados

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Reply Nov 17th, 2011
Jessie
United States

This was great! We had to find if this was a reform or revolution and it totally helped me and my partner! We didn't have to use any other sites! Thank you!

Reply Nov 14th, 2011
Elle
United Kingdom

Very useful for general revision and notes!

Reply Nov 9th, 2011
heidi
Australia

Hehe it is a cute title c: And it told me what I wanted to know so meh; good enough for me.

Reply Nov 9th, 2011
Apoorva D
India

It was really informative.

Reply Oct 11th, 2011
b rad
United States

good article, by why cant this be used for academic research?

Reply Sep 25th, 2011
Maranda
United States

I liked it. All i needed was a brief summary, but this wow'ed my teacher.

Reply Sep 22nd, 2011
Bob
Bhutan

I love this site!

Reply Aug 13th, 2011
Hilary
Madagascar

Awesome work, very good overview

Reply Aug 13th, 2011
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Bhutan

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Bhutan

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Reply Aug 13th, 2011
Nicki Minaj
Jamaica

eh good enough :P

Reply Jul 27th, 2011
knowledge is power
Egypt

anybody know what took USSR 6 years to create warsaw pact in response of NATO ? what were the reasons for which it took 6 years to make such treaty in response to NATO ?

Reply Jul 27th, 2011
Justin Timberlake
United States

Too informative.

Reply Jul 15th, 2011
Anonymous
United States

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.

Reply Jun 28th, 2011
Pia Foulser
Italy

Was good on different points, but could be more detailed with the "key features"

Reply Jun 20th, 2011
Abdul Faiq Khan
Pakistan

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Reply Jun 20th, 2011
Abdul Faiq Khan
Pakistan

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Reply Jun 20th, 2011
steve
United States

whai think is that article is very good and i like it but my question is were did you find those information?

Reply Jun 14th, 2011
Ruhel
United States

So basically WarSaw Pact was a friendship military agreenment?

Reply Jun 14th, 2011
South Africa

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Reply Jun 6th, 2011
Jessica
United States

Does anyone know who was winning the Cold war ? USA or USSR ?

Reply May 24th, 2011
Jessii
United States

Thanks guys you got me a good grade on my cold war power point!! :D

Reply May 18th, 2011
tobi sowale
Nigeria

thanks so much, i now rily understand the role of warsaw pact in d international system.

Reply May 16th, 2011

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