Joseph E. Davies: Envoy to the Soviets

Joseph E. Davies: Envoy to the Soviets

by Elizabeth Kimball MacLean
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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Joseph E. Davies: Envoy to the Soviets

This biography is a complete reassessment of an important American envoy to the Soviet Union in years that were critical in determining postwar East-West relations. Using formerly untouched primary sources, Dr. MacLean sheds a different light on a controversial figure and on his relationship with world leaders, senior diplomats, and Soviet experts during the period under study. She offers intimate glimpses into the perceptions and motivations behind major U.S. and Soviet policies from 1936 to 1946. Her fascinating account of this practical idealist is good reading for all interested in diplomatic history and Soviet-American relations.

This is a close study of the complex political, philosophical, and personal factors that guided Joseph Davies in his dealings with Roosevelt, Truman, Stalin and Lipvinov, Molotov, Kennan, and Bohlen, to name just a few. A more balanced interpretation can now be offered of Davies than the traditional two-dimensional stereotype.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275935801
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/1992
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Midwest Lawyer and Progressive Democrat

Mr. Ambassador, 1937


Davies and Stalin, 1938

A Three-Year Hiatus

The Liaison, 1941

The Litvinov Connection, 1942

The Second Mission to Moscow, May 1943

Evolution of the Role

Mission to London, May 1945

Potsdam, July 1945

The Cold War



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