Introduction: The Gradual Realignment of Global Forces
Historically the Soviet emergences as an actor in third-world developments is a recent phenomenon. As long as most of the periphery was still under colonial or semi-colonial domination, contacts with these countries were few. Moreover, the post-Second World War situation characterised by Western embargo policies and the Cold War limited not only East-West relations. As Gunnar Adler-Karlsson has shown, obstruction to the development of economic ties between the USSR and the third world had been the conscious aim of the core nations (1976, p.94).
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- Cf. Bernard Fall, The two Vietnams. A Political and Military Analysis, rev. edn (New York, 1964) p.70 (quoted from Horleman and Gäng, 1966, pp. 55–6). American policy only turned against the Viet Minh after the victory of the Chinese revolution in 1949 and the outbreak of the Korean war, which turned Asia into a platform for Cold War.Google Scholar