Abstract/Details

Trapped in the past: Organizational memory and cultural bias in foreign policy formulation by the western democracies towards Bulgaria, 1935–1938

Leonard, Robert Glenn. 
 University of New Brunswick (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2003. MQ98914.

Abstract (summary)

This study provides an analysis of foreign policy formulation by the western democracies towards Bulgaria from 1935–1938. It contends that Bulgaria's decision to join the Axis powers in 1941 was the result of German economic and political domination, developed over the 1930s. This penetration met little challenge from Britain and the other western democracies and eventually left Bulgaria with no diplomatic options but to enter the war on the Nazi side. One reason for this lack of action on the part of the West was the memory of Bulgaria as an ex-enemy state and a deeply held cultural bias which both became engrained in the Foreign Office structures, informing and influencing decisions on the major issues of the period. Utilizing analytical tools from contemporary organization theory, the study examines the operation of organizational memory and cultural bias in this decision making process to shed new light on foreign policy in Southeastern Europe in the latter half of the 1930s.

Indexing (details)


Subject
European history
Classification
0335: European history
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Trapped in the past: Organizational memory and cultural bias in foreign policy formulation by the western democracies towards Bulgaria, 1935–1938
Author
Leonard, Robert Glenn
Number of pages
108
Degree date
2003
School code
0823
Source
MAI 43/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-612-98914-6
Advisor
Kennedy, Sean
University/institution
University of New Brunswick (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MQ98914
ProQuest document ID
305270836
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/305270836/fulltextPDF