THE SPIRIT OF GENEVA: A NEW ROUND AFTER STALIN 1954-1956
The year 1955 was a turning point in both the style and content of Soviet postwar disarmament diplomacy, following a frigid -- and occasionally superheated -- spell since 1946. In the 1954-1956 period, and particularly in the spring of 1955, the Soviet Union astonished not a few observers by announcing a series of apparent concessions: these in several important instances represented a clear acceptance, at least verbally, of positions that for some years had been vainly advocated by the Western powers.
The 1955 Soviet disarmament concessions were of course not made in a vacuum; they took place in the period of Soviet glacial thaw that followed Stalin's death. The atmosphere in which they were advanced reflected the process of internal "de-Stalinization" that came to a peak at the Twentieth Party Congress in 1956. It reflected revised notions about the relations of "fraternal" states within the Communist bloc. And it reflected a basic reappraisal of the hard external line that since the end of the war had helped sustain an unprecedented state of international tension. The
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Publication information: Book title: Khrushchev and the Arms Race:Soviet Interests in Arms Control and Disarmament, 1954-1964. Contributors: Lincoln P. Bloomfield - Author, Walter C. Clemens Jr. - Author, Franklyn Griffiths - Author. Publisher: M.I.T. Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, MA. Publication year: 1966. Page number: 17.
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