Peking and Moscow

Peking and Moscow

Peking and Moscow

Peking and Moscow

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When the author, after World War II, surveyed those areas in the field of international politics with which he was familiar, it seemed to him that two questions emerged, of vital importance for the next few decades. The first was that of developments within the Soviet Union which, hard on the heels of the leading world power, was rapidly rising to second place; the author's views and experiences on this subject are contained in his book Der Sowjetmensch. The second crucial question, as Mao Tse-tung's eventual victory over Chiang Kai-shek became increasingly apparent, concerned China's relationship with the Soviet Union. For the rest of the world, much depends on whether the Communist bloc, with its one billion inhabitants, represents a solid, indivisible monolith, or a complex structure fraught with internal dissension and contradiction. The present book is devoted to an examination of this question.

Since the triumph of Communism in China the author has studied the relations between the two Red neighbors and has asked hundreds of qualified observers all over the world for their views. Since Stalin's death he has spent twenty months on six journeys on Asian soil and visited all the Asian countries with the exception of North Korea and North Vietnam, including the Chinese and Mongolian People's Republics. Altogether he has lived some ten years in the USSR and China -- five years in each. However, the meager distribution of visas on the part of the Red Chinese government has made it virtually impossible to come by firsthand knowledge of the realities of present-day China; since 1958 the entry of Western observers has been permitted in exceptional cases only. The reader's indulgence is therefore requested in cases where the author has not . . .

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