The Soviet Union in World Politics: Coexistence, Revolution and Cold War, 1945-1991 (The Making of the Contemporary World)
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The Soviet Union in World Politics provides an introductory history of Soviet foreign policy and international relations from 1945 to the end of the Cold War and the break up of the USSR. The book summarizes historical and political controversies about Soviet foreign policy and brings the latest research to bear on these debates.
The Soviet Union in World Politics interprets the latest evidence available from the Soviet archives and includes
* summaries of the main events in Soviet Policy from 1917-1945
* a framework for student discussion of relevant issues
* guides to further reading and research
* exploration of the role of ideology in the Cold War
* discussion of Stalin's role in the formulation of policy.
party coalitions in which the communists played a leading but not necessarily dominating role. The Soviet sphere of influence in eastern Europe was to be a political space of security as well as a military one, occupied in the long term not by the Red Army but by regimes of people’s democracy. The policy and practice of people’s democracy was not limited to eastern Europe. It was the communist project in western Europe, too. The upsurge in popular support for the communist parties was a
gently nudged the book to completion. I have benefited greatly from supervising the research of a number of postgraduates at University College Cork (UCC), in particular those postgraduates who worked on aspects of postwar Soviet foreign policy: Caroline Buckley, David Lyons, Brian McGee and Brendan Quinn. Of value, too, was the experience of teaching an undergraduate option course on ‘The Soviet Union in World Politics’. The Department of History at UCC has continued to provide a very congenial
movements that would challenge communist control of Czechoslovakia seemed, to Moscow, to be only a matter of time. As soon as the direction of the Dubcek leadership became clear, the Soviets began to campaign for a slowing down, if not a reversal of the reformist course. Among Moscow’s pressure points were Warsaw Pact 72 RISE AND FALL OF DÉTENTE manoeuvres in Czechoslovakia, with the implied threat of military intervention to nip the Prague Spring in the bud. But Moscow’s campaigning was
communist regime 89 Politburo: bureaucratic structure of policymaking 11–12; defined 110 Portugal: communist gains 80–9; collapse of colonialism in Angola 82 Potsdam conference 2 Presidium: defined 110 Prevention of Nuclear War Agreement 76 Pugo, Boris 102 Quemoy crisis 52–2, 54, 60 Reagan, Ronald: criticizes détente 65–4; cold war rhetoric 86; Gorbachev’s initiatives 95–3; Star Wars 96 Reagan Doctrine 86 Reykjavik summit (1986) 96 Rhee, Syngman 33, 34 Richardson, James L. 50–51 130 INDEX
evidence can be put in helping us to resolve some of the longstanding disputes about the nature of Soviet foreign policy. But perhaps the most important gain from the new evidence is that it has significantly enhanced our ability to see and understand the story of postwar Soviet foreign policy from Moscow’s point of view. The world as it appeared to successive Soviet leaders may not be the same world that we see, but it is the world that they acted in. The reconstruction of that world—the world