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The Soviet Union and the Politics of Peace

  • Alexander Shtromas

Abstract

From the very day of the Soviet state’s inception, the relationship between the Soviet Union and the outside non-Communist world has been, at least from the Soviet point of view, that of unceasing and uncompromising confrontation. Whatever form in the course of history this confrontation has taken (or will take) — even that of direct military alliance, as during World War II, or of détente as from the early 1970s until recently — its antagonistic essence has remained unchanged, and will remain so until the final victory of Communism over Capitalism.

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Foreign Policy Peaceful Coexistence Soviet Government World Peace Soviet Leadership 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    See L. Trotsky’s My Life: an Attempt at an Autobiography, Harmondsworth, Penguin edition, 1975, p. 355.Google Scholar
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    Quoted from the Decree’s text in W. H. Chamberlin, The Russian Revolution, vol. 1, New York, 1935, p. 472.Google Scholar
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    For an apt and comprehensive analysis of the different Soviet ‘coloured’ markets and the ‘counter-economy’ as a whole, see: A. Katsenelinboigen, Soviet Economic Planning, White Plains, NY, M. E. Sharp, 1978, pp. 165–201.Google Scholar
  4. See also K. M. Simis, USSR: Secrets of a Corrupt Society, London, Dent, 1982. The efforts of the Andropov regime to change this situation have borne no fruit and receded already by summer 1983.Google Scholar
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    See: J. Galtung’s ‘Social Imperialism and Sub-Imperialism’, World Development, IV, 1976, pp. 153–65.Google Scholar
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    Quoted from R. Sharlet, The New Soviet Constitution of 1977: Analysis and Text, Brunswick (Ohio), King’s Court Communications, 1978, p. 85.Google Scholar
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    For a brief and apt summary of Soviet policies towards China, e.g. of the USSR’s preparation for an attack against her, in 1969–1970 (i.e. at the same time when the preparations for the East-West détente were at their peak) see R. Edmonds, Soviet Foreign Policy 1962–1973: The Paradox of Super Power, London, Oxford and New York; Oxford University Press, 1975, pp. 49–51.Google Scholar
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    A. Besançon, ‘The End of the Soviet Mirage’, Encounter, vol. LVII, no. 1, July 1981, p. 90.Google Scholar

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© Professors World Peace Academy in Europe 1985

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