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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • d.M.
  • 0195016181
  • 9780195016185

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This concise diplomatic history provides a badly needed descriptive account of the eight days of plenary meetings among FDR, Stalin and Churchill at Yalta in February, 1945. Professor Clemens has made full and scrupulous use of memoirs, minutes and other archival material in her full chronicle of the tripartite conference and the ancillary foreign ministers' meetings. The issues debated at Yalta were the future of Poland, German dismemberment and reparations, the status of France, Far Eastern hegemony, and the United Nations. The question of Eastern Europe had been settled primarily by "the activities of the Red Army" which so unnerved Churchill; the Americans came away pleased with their Far Eastern gains and the Soviet concessions on the U.N., which the author regards as a quid pro British support for admission of two Soviet Republics and American concessions on Poland, Professor Clemens has a sixth sense for the nuances of diplomatic horse-trading, the negotiators' feints and subterfuges and blunders. Appraisal and speculation are reserved to the final chapter, which dismisses the notion that Roosevelt "sold out" Poland, points out that it was the West which actively undid the agreement, but takes issue on other points with revisionist historians including Alperovitz and Kolko, as well as with Snell's The Meaning of Yalta and Feis's Churchill-Roosevelt-Stalin. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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