International Communism and American Policy

International Communism and American Policy

International Communism and American Policy

International Communism and American Policy

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This volume represents an attempt to place in perspective the schism in the international communist movement and in some measure to relate American policy to this historic world event. Justification for yet another book on communism rests on the impression that while the Sino-Soviet dispute has been expertly chronicled and analyzed, relatively little has been written to place the schism in historical and institutional perspective or to examine the United States position in critical terms. Part I presents a schema of the changes that have occurred in the structure of authority and control of the communist movement over the decades and, hopefully, suggests some of the factors affecting both its unity and its polycetitric drift. Part II deals with the American reception of the split in international communism and of Khrushchev's policy of accommodation with the United States, which figured as a major factor in the Soviet-Chinese split.

Whatever advantages this essay form affords the author in presenting his ideas in relatively brief compass, it admittedly suffers in failing to do justice to . . .

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