Old Myths and New Realities in United States-Soviet Relations

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The Changing Relationship: An American View

William G. Miller

We in the United States have had to contend with the Soviet Union as a major fact of life for many years, and that contention has shaped the nature of our lives. We have had to go to war because of the activities of the Soviet Union. We fought on the same side in World War II, although most of the time we thought of ourselves as enemies. Despite our mutual preoccupation, however, we know very little about each other. It has been very difficult in most cases to really see each other firsthand. We have had, in the past, to accept what we know about each other from the most indirect means. Even the U.S. government, with all of its resources -- what our diplomats were able to glean, what journalists were able to fathom, what defectors were able to tell us, what emigres were able to inform us, what spies were able to steal -- produced a very incomplete picture. And it is only now, within the last few years, that as ordinary citizens we have the capacity and the possibility of getting on an airplane and seeing for ourselves what the reality is. And more and more of us on both sides are doing that. We can now witness the change taking place, and we are changing as a result, partially as a consequence of this increased contact.

I have had to live all of my life with the problem of what to do

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - U.S.-Soviet Relations and the Realities of Kremlin Politics 1
  • Notes 17
  • 2 - Perestroika and Soviet Relations with the West 19
  • 3 - The Changing Relationship: An American View 31
  • Notes 49
  • 4 - New Myths in Soviet -- U.S. Relations 51
  • Notes 57
  • 5 - The Cold War in Transition 59
  • Notes 69
  • 6 - The Continuing Dilemmas of Soviet Reform 71
  • 7 - U.S. -- Soviet Relations: Problems and Promise 81
  • Notes 94
  • 8 - Soviet Foreign Policy: A New Era? 97
  • Notes 112
  • 9 - New Soviet Thinking on Conflict and Cooperation in the Third World 115
  • Notes 127
  • 10 - Europe and the Superpowers: A Conservative View 129
  • 11 Gorbachev's Soviet Union 139
  • Notes 150
  • 12 - Dr. Zhivago and Mr. Gorbachev 151
  • Bibliography 163
  • Index 171
  • About the Editors and Contributors 177
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