The Ambassadors and America's Soviet Policy / Edition 1

The Ambassadors and America's Soviet Policy / Edition 1

by David Mayers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195115767

ISBN-13: 9780195115765

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

George Kennan, Charles Bohlen, W. Averell Harriman, William Bullitt, Joseph E. Davies, Llewlleyn Thompson, Jack Matlock: these are important names in the history of American foreign policy. Together with a number of lesser-known officials, these diplomats played a vital role in shaping U.S. strategy and popular attitudes toward the Soviet Union throughout its

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George Kennan, Charles Bohlen, W. Averell Harriman, William Bullitt, Joseph E. Davies, Llewlleyn Thompson, Jack Matlock: these are important names in the history of American foreign policy. Together with a number of lesser-known officials, these diplomats played a vital role in shaping U.S. strategy and popular attitudes toward the Soviet Union throughout its 75-year history. In The Ambassadors and America's Soviet Policy, David Mayers presents the most comprehensive critical examination yet of U.S. diplomats in the Soviet Union.
Mayers' vivid portrayal evokes the social and intellectual atmosphere of the American embassy in the midst of crucial episodes: the Bolshevik Revolution, the Great Purges, the Grand Alliance in World War II, the early Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the rise and decline of detente, and the heady days of perestroika and glasnost. He also offers rare portraits of the professional lives of the diplomats themselves: their adjustment to Soviet life, the quality of their analytical reporting, their contact with other diplomats in Moscow, and their influence on Washington.
Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of American diplomacy in its most challenging area, this compelling book fills an important gap in the history of U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-Soviet relations. Readers interested in U.S. foreign policy, the cold war, and the policies and history of the former Soviet Union will find The Ambassadors and America's Soviet Policy an intriguing and informative work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195115765
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

United States Chiefs of Mission in St. Petersburg and Moscowx
Introduction3
IBefore Moscow
1.St. Petersburg and the U.S. Diplomatic Tradition11
2.From Comity to Estrangement35
3.War and Revolution67
IIIn Stalin's Time
4.Preparing for Moscow93
5.Purges and the Failure of Collective Security108
6.Fragile Coalition136
7.Neither War Nor Peace164
IIIGreat Power Rivalry
8.After Stalin191
9.Controlled Rivalry212
10.Collapse and the Art of Diplomacy239
Notes261
Bibliography307
Index323

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