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Alternative Paths : Soviets and Americans, 1917-1920

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Between 1917 and 1920--from the Bolshevik Revolution to the definitive statement of American opposition to Bolshevik Russia--Soviets and Americans searched for ways to effect meaningful interactions between their two nations in the absence of formal diplomatic relations. During these years, wide-ranging discussions occurred on a variety of serious issues, from military collaboration and economic relations to the comprehensive settlement of political and military disputes. At the same time, extensive debates took place in both countries about the nature of the relations between them. As McFadden shows in this pathbreaking book, based on research in Soviet archives as well as previously unused private collections and government archives in the United States and Great Britain, a surprising number of concrete agreements were reached between the two countries. These included continued operation of the American Red Cross in Russia, the transfer of war materials from the Russian army to the Americans, the sale of strategic supplies of platinum from the Bolsheviks to the United States, and the exemption of a number of American corporations from Soviet government nationalization decrees. Numerous important diplomats and politicians were involved in these negotiations. McFadden offers a timely reevaluation in a post-Cold War era.show more

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  • Hardback | 458 pages
  • 163.1 x 237.7 x 34mm | 938.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195071875
  • 9780195071870

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'The quality of McFadden's scholarship is excellent and he documents his account copiously, eschewing counterfactuals and sticking to the evidence ... it is also a good story.' Margot Light, University of London, The Slavonic and East European Review, Vo. 72, Part 4 'It makes fascinating reading.' Donald Cameron Watt, History Today, September 1994show more

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Between 1917 and 1920 - from the Bolshevik revolution to the definitive statement of American opposition to Bolshevik Russia - Soviets and Americans searched for ways to effect meaningful interactions between their two nations in the absence of formal diplomatic relations. During these years, wide-ranging discussions occurred on a variety of serious issues, from military collaboration and economic relations to the comprehensive settlement of political and military disputes. At the same time, extensive debates took place in both countries about the nature of the relations between them. Based on research in Soviet archives as well as previously unused private collections and government archives in the United States and Great Britain, Alternative Paths shows that a surprising number of concrete agreements were reached between the two countries. These included continued operation of the American Red Cross in Russia, the transfer of war materials from the Russian army to the Americans, the sale of strategic supplies of platinum from the Bolsheviks to the United States, and the exemption of a number of American corporations from Soviet government nationalization decrees. A timely reevaluation of Soviet-American relations in a post-Cold War era, this book tells the story of the "roads not taken" - an area in history hitherto underemphasized because it did not immediately succeed, but is still of key interest to Soviet, American, and international relations historians.show more

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