The Soviet Union and Its Southern Neighbours

The Soviet Union and Its Southern Neighbours : Iran and Afghanistan 1917-1933

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Volodarsky (Russian and East European studies, Tel Aviv U.) argues that the new Soviet Union continued Imperial Russia's policy of controlling its southern neighbors through promises and threats.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 381g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138982709
  • 9781138982703

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This book investigates the goals and methods of the former Soviet Union's foreign policy using the examples of its relations with Iran and Afghanistan. It analyses early Soviet foreign policy in the Middle East, a region in which Russia had traditionally been active politically, competing with Great Britain. The tradition was adopted and the policy made more aggressive by the Bolsheviks. Even in this early period of its existence, the Soviet Union sought to ensure the dependence of its southern neighbours through a series of economic and political agreements and to use them as a strategic and economic factor in its anti-British policy in the Middle East. In uncovering the truth about Soviet policy in the Middle East, the author has used archival materials from the British, French and former Soviet ministries of foreign affairs.show more

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Slavic Review, Vol 55, No 4, Winter 1996 "In spite of its weaknesses, scholars and students will still find this a useful book, especially for its many germane archival quotations." Revolutionary Russia "The publishers deserve to be congratulated for making this useful work available in English translation.show more