Soviet Conduct in World Affairs: A Selection of Readings

Soviet Conduct in World Affairs: A Selection of Readings

Soviet Conduct in World Affairs: A Selection of Readings

Soviet Conduct in World Affairs: A Selection of Readings

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The present selection of readings is not intended to remedy the absence of a satisfactory textbook on Soviet foreign policy. Its purpose is neither to present new facts nor to offer a novel hypothesis.

These readings were originally compiled in response to the interest of, and as a convenience for, students of the Russian Institute at Columbia University, who, seeking their own conclusions, were eager to acquaint themselves with the various interpretations of Soviet policy that have been advanced. The compilation now appears in book form for the use of others who may have felt a similar need.

To gain an understanding of Soviet foreign policy and Soviet conduct, the student must reach out beyond the confines of the immediate diplomatic setting. He must consider the motives of Soviet policy- makers, the trends of Soviet development, domestic as well as foreign, and the implications of these for United States (or generally 'Western') attitudes and policies.

The articles and chapters here presented express a variety of views, often incompatible with one another. They raise, from different fields of specialization and in different perspectives, some of the key problems inherent in an inquiry into Soviet behavior. While Soviet analyses are also essential for a study of Soviet policy, they are not included in this volume, for they are uncritically unanimous in their apologia for Soviet performance.

Many of the selections refer primarily to the Stalin era, inasmuch as few systematic papers have as yet been developed on the Khrushchev period. On the other hand, insight into the mainsprings of Soviet conduct in earlier years should provide a better basis for judging to what extent the very real changes which the Soviet Union has witnessed since Stalin's death have or have not involved an abandonment . . .

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