The Fifty Years War: The United States and the Soviet Union by Richard Crockatt

By Richard Crockatt

This can be an authoritative and complete background of the Fifty Years' battle and the connection that ruled global politics within the moment 1/2 the 20th century. for 50 years kin among the U.S. and the Soviet Union have been figuring out components in foreign affairs. to be had for the 1st time in paperback, Richard Crockatt's acclaimed e-book is an exam of this dating in its international context. It breaks new flooring in looking a synthesis of ancient narrative and research of the worldwide buildings during which superpower kin constructed. awareness is given to financial in addition to political and armed forces components.

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On the northern flank of Russia’s western border lay Sweden and Poland. Both were effectively neutralized as serious threats by the middle of the eighteenth century as a result of campaigns initiated by Peter the Great. The subsequent dismantling of the Polish state served both Russian imperial purposes and the interests of Prussia and Austria, who likewise desired a weak Poland. On the southern flank lay the Ottoman Empire, which constituted an obstacle not only to Russian territorial expansion but to the extension of Orthodox Christianity.

America, it was held, was different; it was founded on novel principles of individual liberty and republican government. The European way of diplomacy, based on corrupt bargains between leaders who were unaccountable to their peoples, was productive of war. American republican diplomacy embodied a peaceful principle, founded on the belief, expressed by Adam Smith in his Wealth of Nations, that commerce, in contrast to political intercourse, was conducive to friendly relations with other nations.

The announcement of the Fourteen Points was in fact prompted by the Bolsheviks’ publication of the ‘Secret Treaties’, which revealed the existence of bargains among the European powers providing for the parcelling out of former German colonies among the Allies. Provoked into dissociating the United States from the corrupt diplomacy of the old world, Wilson found himself ironically in alignment with Lenin in this one respect. Both leaders, as Geoffrey Barraclough has pointed out, adopted a new democratic diplomacy, appealing to the people of other nations over the heads of politicians.

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