Russia and the World 1917-1991

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This comprehensive new study investigates the evolution of Soviet foreign policy from the Revolution of 1917 until the end of the Soviet era, tracing the origins and characteristics of Soviet external strategies from their Marxist-Leninist roots through to the collapse of Communism. Based on a wide range of sources, including Russian materials that have become available since the end of the Cold War, this book emphasizes the factional nature of decision-making over external strategies and describes the competing ...

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Overview

This comprehensive new study investigates the evolution of Soviet foreign policy from the Revolution of 1917 until the end of the Soviet era, tracing the origins and characteristics of Soviet external strategies from their Marxist-Leninist roots through to the collapse of Communism. Based on a wide range of sources, including Russian materials that have become available since the end of the Cold War, this book emphasizes the factional nature of decision-making over external strategies and describes the competing strains of Soviet thinking about the outside world.

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"An informative, lucid account....A good primer on Soviet foreign policy."—CHOICE
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Caroline Kennedy-Pipe is at University of Durham.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
General editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Russia and the World 1
1 Revolution and the Origins of Soviet Foreign Policy 1917-1932 11
2 The Search for Security 1933-1939 36
3 The War, the Grand Alliance and Victory over Germany 1939-1945 57
4 The Cold War and Competition with the United States 1945-1953 81
5 The Stalinist Legacy and Khrushchev's Foreign Policy 1953-1964 104
6 Towards a Global Role? Foreign Policy in the First Brezhnev Era 1964-1970 125
7 The Period of Detente and the Brezhnev Leadership 1970-1980 147
8 The Second Cold War 1980-1985 169
9 Decline and the End of the Soviet Union 1985-1991 183
Conclusions: Russia and the World in the Twentieth Century 207
Select Bibliography 216
Index 221
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