The author has spent upwards of ten years in working on this book. His objective is to clarify the military aspect of the Moscow-Peking dialogue which has not yet received its deserved treatment. The apogee of that dialogue seems to have been passed toward the end of the rule of Khrushchev. Yet the Vietnam war spawns fresh contention. Our cover age will span the development from I956 to the present. The beginning of the dispute with regard to the origins of war in general is taken up in the first two chapters. The next three chapters discuss the several types of war with the frame of reference set in what now appears to be a quondam era. But the principle differences between the disputants are just as outstanding today as they were then. The penultimate chapter is somewhat wide in scope in order to deal with the larger and more intensely bitter polemics evolving after Khrushchev left office. There have been many new and startling views held by both sides since then, views splitting them poles apart. Omi nously at issue now is the question of Sino-Soviet peaceful coexistence. Our work, obviously, cannot wait until that question is answered to be finished. The final chapter concludes our study. To write of subjects as dynamic as this one is a challenge because they are current affairs. Due to the swift change of events, no sooner is our typescript put to press than it needs a revision.
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Table of ContentsI. Introduction.- II. The Causes of War 11.- Views on Economic Causes.- The Materialist Concept of War.- Beginning of the Dispute: Revision of Lenin’s Theory of War.- Lenin’s Theory of Imperialism and Imperialist War.- Two Kinds of War.- Economic Causes and the Nature of Imperialists.- The Chinese Stand.- Views on Political Causes.- The Legacy of Lenin.- The Imbalance of Forces as a Cause of War.- Armament as a Cause of War.- Lack of Diplomatic Communications as a Cause of War.- Views on Psychological Causes.- The Problem of Accidental War.- Irrationality as a Cause of War.- War-scares as a Cause of War.- Human Greed as a Cause of War.- The Imperialists’ Lack of Fear as a Cause of War.- Other Psychological Causes of War.- III. World War.- The Controversy Regarding the “New Epoch”.- Definition.- A Change of Epoch.- Science and War.- Socialism and War.- The Dispute on Avoidability.- Peking’s Militancy.- Imperialists’ Propensity to War.- View of Khrushchev : To Prevent the War.- The Decline of the West.- The Problem of Western Intra-bloc War.- A Decadent Social Body.- Where lies the Real Strength?.- Views on East-West Relations.- Has the World Been Made Safe for the People’s Democracy ?.- Can Capitalism Be Contained ?.- Can Communism Be Exemplary?.- IV. Civil War.- The Peaceful Transition to Socialism.- A Response to Oppression.- Civil War - Internal Affairs.- The Parliamentary Avenue to Socialism.- The Role of Civil War.- Historical Necessity.- Destruction of the Principal Agents of the State.- Violence and Counter-Violence.- Diversitying the Forms of Struggle.- Civil War in Communist World Strategy.- Civil War and Capitalist Stability.- Civil Peace Dampening the Revolutionary Spirit.- Civil Peace Increasing the Chances of World War.- V. Wars of National Liberation and Local Wars.- World Peace and Wars of National Liberation.- The Significance of National Liberation.- The Basis of Imperialist Power.- The Nature of Wars of National Liberation.- World War and Wars of National Liberation.- The End of the Colonial System.- The Violent Overthrow of Colonial Authority.- Coexistence and Wars of National Liberation.- Post-Liberation Non-interference.- Neo-Colonialism.- Local Wars.- The Danger of Escalation.- Local Wars and Bloc Strength.- Local Wars and World Communism.- VI. Sino-Soviet Dialogue During the Vietnam War.- The Problem of Aiding Hanoi.- The Change of Soviet Leadership.- The Vietnam War - A Gaping Divide.- China’s Maneuver?.- Mao’s Refusal of Coordination of Efforts and Hanoi’s Stance.- Lin Piao’s Geopolitics.- Guerrilla Tactics Internationalized.- The Balance of Geopolitical Forces.- Russia’s Refutation of Lin.- Change of Sides on the Nuclear-War Issue.- Sino-Soviet Non-coexistence.- Peking: The Non-coexistence of Capitalist and Socialist States.- Moscow: The Non-coexistence of Capitalist and Socialist Ideologies.- Lack of a Basis of Coexistence Between Moscow and Peking.- Russo-American Alignment.- China Is A Partner to Imperialists.- Bourgeois Communism.- Origins of Soviet Embourgeoisement.- A Society of Namby and Pamby.- Corrupted Officialdom.- Social Imperialism.- Embarking on Foreign Adventurism.- Colonial Exploitation - Soviet Style.- Russia on the Defensive.- Peking’s Refutation.- China: A “Demonarchy”.- The Military Dictatorship of Mao.- Peking - The Headquarters of World Revolution.- Mao Dons Lenin’s Toga.- A Prophet and Guiding Star.- Russia’s Tactics of Refutation.- VII. Conclusion.