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The Cold War and Soviet Mistrust of Churchill's Pursuit of Detente, 1951-1955 (Hardcover)

Author: Bar-Noi, Uri

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The release of previously unavailable Soviet archives has allowed a re-examination of Anglo-Soviet relations during Churchill?s peacetime administration, with special emphasis on the Kremlin?s motivation for resisting the Prime Minister?s attempts to end the Cold War. Throughout 1951?55, the time was not yet ripe for d?tente: the USSR and Western powers were less than willing to accommodate each other. Instead they engaged in the consolidation of their own blocs and the build-up of their defensive potential. With Winston Churchill becoming the most outspoken advocate of d?tente, the Kremlin greeted the return to power of the Conservative Party under his leadership with a general mistrust. ? After Josef Stalin?s death in March 1953, d?tente remained a distant reality. The collective leadership was keen to reduce international tensions without modifying its predecessor?s foreign policy, or abandoning Soviet strongholds of central and eastern Europe. As part of its peace offensive, the Kremlin was prepared to improve the atmosphere in relations with Britain and increase the volume of Anglo-Soviet trade. However, the British remained mistrustful of the intentions of Stalin?s successors, and refrained from initiatives leading to a relaxation of export controls independent from American embargo policy. ? The author demonstrates that Stalin?s heirs suspected that Churchill?s pursuit of d?tente was designed to secure far-reaching concessions. Moscow also felt that as a junior partner acting in full dependence on and in cooperation with US policy, Churchill was in no position to conciliate between the USSR and the USA. Engaged in a domestic struggle for power, members of the collective leadership were reluctant to allow their opponent, Georgi Malenkov, to negotiate single-handedly with western statesmen. It was only after Nikita Khrushchev?s ascendance to power and Churchill?s resignation from office that the Kremlin was prepared to participate in summit talks with the western heads of government.


Publisher Sussex Academic Pr
Mfg Part# 9781845191764
SKU 206689376
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1845191765
Release Date 4/30/2008
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