The 1945 Ethridge Mission to Bulgaria and Romania and the Origins of the Cold War in the Balkans

@article{Stone2006The1E,
  title={The 1945 Ethridge Mission to Bulgaria and Romania and the Origins of the Cold War in the Balkans},
  author={David R. Stone},
  journal={Diplomacy \& Statecraft},
  year={2006},
  volume={17},
  pages={112 - 93}
}
In autumn 1945, US Secretary of State James Byrnes deadlocked with Soviet Foreign Minister Viacheslav Molotov over the governments of Bulgaria and Romania. To escape, Byrnes dispatched Mark Ethridge, a liberal newspaperman, on a fact-finding mission. Contrary to Byrnes’ hopes, Ethridge found conditions as bad as reported, and went to Moscow to convince the Soviet government to moderate Communist behavior. Ethridge’s damning report on political repression had little effect on Byrnes, who grabbed… Expand