Stalin and the Turkish Crisis of the Cold War, 1945-1953

Stalin and the Turkish Crisis of the Cold War, 1945-1953

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This book presents the ups and downs of the Soviet-Turkish relations during World War II and immediately after it. Hasanli draws on declassified archive documents from the United States, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan to recreate a true picture of the time when the 'Turkish crisis' of the Cold War broke out. It explains why and how the friendly relations between the USSR and Turkey escalated into enmity, led to the increased confrontation between these two countries, and ended up with Turkey's entry into NATO. Hasanli uses recently-released Soviet archive documents to shed light on some dark points of the Cold War era and the relations between the Soviets and the West. Apart from bringing in an original point of view regarding starting of the Cold War, the book reveals some secret sides of the Soviet domestic and foreign policies. The book convincingly demonstrates how Soviet political technologists led by Josef Stalin distorted the picture of a friendly and peaceful country_Turkey_into the image of an enemy in the minds of millions of Soviet more

Product details

  • Hardback | 438 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 771.1g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 073916807X
  • 9780739168073

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Jamil Hasanli has once again broken significant historical ground with this fascinating new study. Based on an extraordinary array of archival sources - Turkish, Russian, Azeri, Armenian, Georgian, U.S., and West European - he explores with fresh perspective a crucial early chapter of the Cold War, and in the process provides insights into some of the most controversial issues that still plague the region to this day. -- Malcolm Byrne, research director, the National Security Archive at George Washington University With a treasure-trove of archival sources from Moscow and Baku, this book documents Stalin's plot to gain access to the Mediterranean. Dr. Hasanli's superb research follows the impressive range of developments, from the Big Three diplomacy to the complexity of regional nationalist aspirations. -- Vladislav Zubok, London School of Economics and Political Science An important new study of the origins of the cold war that challenges Eurocentric interpretations. Based on a wealth of material from Soviet, Western and Turkish archives, Hasanli argues that Stalin's ambitions in the Near East were central to the postwar breakup of the Grand Alliance. Right or wrong, Hasanli has written a book that commands the attention of all students and scholars of the early cold war. -- Geoffrey Roberts, University College Corkshow more

About Jamil Hasanli

Jamil Hasanli is professor of history at Baku State more

Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 Chapter I. Soviet-Turkish Relations during the Second World War: From Neutrality to Escalating Tensions 3 Chapter II. Increasing Soviet Pressure on Turkey and the beginning of the War of Nerves 4 Chapter III. Inclusion of the South Caucasus Republics in the Soviet Policy against Turkey 5 Chapter IV. Growth of pro-American Sentiments in Turkey in response to Increasing Soviet Pressures 6 Chapter V. Soviet Plans on the Straits and Their Failure 7 Chapter VI. The War of Nerves between the Republics of the South Caucasus 8 Chapter VII. Turkey and the Truman Doctrine 9 Chapter VIII. Escalation of the Cold War and Turkey's Entry into NATO 10 Conclusion 11 Bibliographyshow more