The Cold War: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991

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Suggested Readings

General Histories

Among the excellent general surveys of U.S.-Soviet relations since 1917 are John Lewis Gaddis , Russia, the Soviet Union and the United States. An Interpretative History, 2nd ed. ( 1990); Peter G. Boyle, American-Soviet Relations. From the Russian Revolution to the Fall of Communism ( 1993); and Miroslav Nincic, Anatomy of Hostility: The U.S.-Soviet Rivalry in Perspective ( 1989). A classic revisionist view is provided by William A. Williams, American-Russian Relations, 1781-1947 ( 1952). A Soviet perspective is provided by Nikolai Sivachev and Nikolai Yakolev, Russia and the United States ( 1979). See also David Shavit, United States Relations with Russia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Dictionary ( 1993).

General surveys of Soviet foreign policy are offered by Adam B. Ulam, Expansion and Coexistence: Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917-1973, 2nd ed. ( 1974) and Joseph Nogee and Robert Donaldson, Soviet Foreign Policy Since World War II, 3rd ed. ( 1988).

For overviews of U.S. diplomacy, see Robert D. Schulzinger, American Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century, 3rd ed. ( 1994), and John Spanier and Steven W. Hoo , American Foreign Policy, 13th ed. ( 1995). Both have excellent bibliographies. For revisionist interpretations, see Michael Parenti, The Sword and the Dollar. Imperialism, Revolution, and the Arms Race ( 1989), and William A. Williams, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy ( 1962).


Introduction: The United States and Czarist Russia

Among the surveys of Russian-American relations before the Bolshevik Revolution are three dated works: Foster Rhea Dulles, The Road to Teheran: The Story of Russia and America, 1781-1943 ( 1944); Thomas A. Bailey, America Faces Russia: Russian- American Relations from Early Times to Our Own Day ( 1950); and William A. Williams, American-Russian Relations, 1781-1947 ( 1952).

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