By Philip Muehlenbeck
This e-book explores Czechoslovakia's diplomatic kinfolk with African states and areas them inside a much wider chilly battle historiography, supplying contextual history info at the evolution of communist Czechoslovakia's pro-Soviet international coverage orientation. This shift in Soviet overseas coverage made Africa a concern for the Soviet bloc.
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Following the initial economic penetration into Nigeria via Bata, Czechoslovakia attempted to enter into formal diplomatic relations with the then-British colony in the mid-1950s. However, after the Suez crisis, with relations between Czechoslovakia and Great Britain tense, Prague decided to postpone negotiations. When it tried to renew the discussions in 1958, the British government strongly rejected the offer. 55 It would again be Bata which would provide Czechoslovakia its opening to Nigeria.
As a result of this meeting, the Casablanca Group was formed, consisting of Morocco, the United Arab Republic (Egypt), Ghana, Guinea, and Mali. While Morocco still hosted US military bases on its territory, and its economy remained open to Western private capital, this shift in Moroccan foreign policy created favorable conditions for further improvement in Czechoslovak-Moroccan bilateral relations. Czechoslovakia used these favorable conditions to strengthen its economic position inside Morocco.
In June, the same fate met the French consulates in Prague and Bratislava, and the offices of the French news agency, Agence France-Presse. ) and formal accusations that French diplomats had been spying for the West. 71 RELATIONS WITH CONSERVATIVE AFRICAN STATES 194562 35 By the late 1950s, the enmity between Prague and Paris would spread to sub-Saharan Africa, where Czechoslovakia was working hard to establish its influence, and France was trying desperately to retain its predominance. In Africa, France, along with Great Britain, had been one of the major colonial powers.
Czechoslovakia in Africa, 1945–1968 by Philip Muehlenbeck