Unity and Contradiction: Major Aspects of Sino-Soviet Relations

Unity and Contradiction: Major Aspects of Sino-Soviet Relations

Unity and Contradiction: Major Aspects of Sino-Soviet Relations

Unity and Contradiction: Major Aspects of Sino-Soviet Relations

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This book presents a debate on one of the most crucial issues of our time: the relations between the Soviet Union and Communist China. There are many facets to this problem and few agreements. It is a problem of extreme complexity, which must be studied in depth. The contributions of the experts to this symposium will, it is hoped, shed some light on a variety of aspects pertaining to both Moscow and Peking. They do not pretend to offer a definitive answer, but they should help to dispel some questionable notions that have been advanced by writers in both the European and American press.

It is not the business of an editor, I believe, to let himself be guided by his own predilections. Thus I have tried to remain "neutral" in selecting the papers for this symposium. Some of them contain passages with which I emphatically disagree. However, this book is a forum, and I believe in the freedom of discussion. Since the work involved in preparing the Conference left me no time to contribute a paper of my own, I have made my position clear in the Epilogue.

It was no easy task to determine which of the thirty-six contributions should be selected for publication. I should like to emphasize that substance as well as space constituted the chief criteria, quality being a foregone conclusion. Some of the studies were important per se but marginal from the point of view of this book. Others duplicated arguments and references; in such cases it had to be determined which ones best fitted the over-all framework of the symposium. One thing is true of the studies as it was of the Conference: They are not politically slanted. They are sober, objective analyses of various aspects of the relations between Moscow and Peking and not manifestations of the Cold War.

These studies, by scholars from all parts of the world, differ widely in their substantive positions, and in their approaches and . . .

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