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Alternative Paths : Soviets and Americans, 1917-1920 - David W. McFadden

Alternative Paths

Soviets and Americans, 1917-1920

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Published: 25th March 1993
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Between 1917 and 1920 - from the Bolshevik revolution to the definitive statement of American opposition to Bolshevik Russia - Soviets and Americans searched for ways to effect meaningful interactions between their two nations in the absence of formal diplomatic relations. During these years, wide-ranging discussions occurred on a variety of serious issues, from military collaboration and economic relations to the comprehensive settlement of political and military disputes. At the same time, extensive debates took place in both countries about the nature of the relations between them.
Based on research in Soviet archives as well as previously unused private collections and government archives in the United States and Great Britain, Alternative Paths shows that a surprising number of concrete agreements were reached between the two countries. These included continued operation of the American Red Cross in Russia, the transfer of war materials from the Russian army to the Americans, the sale of strategic supplies of platinum from the Bolsheviks to the United States, and the exemption of a number of American corporations from Soviet government nationalization decrees.
A timely reevaluation of Soviet-American relations in a post-Cold War era, this book tells the story of the "roads not taken" - an area in history hitherto underemphasized because it did not immediately succeed, but is still of key interest to Soviet, American, and international relations historians.

"Pathbreaking....The most remarkable nuance of the book is its focus on the efforts of the military, economic, and political emissaries of both nations who 'proposed concrete responses to specific problems' while the policymakers were seeking denouement to the more chaotic considerations of WWI....This book is strongly recommended for all serious scholars of Soviet-American relations."--Choice "[McFadden] does not change our understanding of history in any fundamental way, but he does fill in the details, particularly on the U.S. side, and the specialist will find the account rich and useful."--Foreign Affairs "McFadden has provided us with a fascinating, detailed, and important addition to the historiography of Soviet-American relations."--he Journal of American History The book is well organized, clearly written, and accessible to lay readers....The book would be a valuable addition to any collection dealing with foreign relations, Wilsonian policy, or the formative years of the Soviet Union."--History "The quality of McFadden's scholarship is excellent and he documents his account copiously, eschewing counterfactuals and sticking to the evidence."--The Slavonic Review "[McFadden's] research is meticulous and impressive....Clearly written....Any student or researcher of this subject in the future must start with this book."--The International History Review "...offers new insights into some of the formative events that contributed to Soviet-American antagonism in later years...exhaustively researched and clearly written and is a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature in the field."--Journal of Modern History

Introductionp. 3
The Soviet-American Context
Lenin's American Policyp. 15
Many Actors in Search of a Policy: U.S. Discussions About the Bolsheviks, 1917-1919p. 33
Interactions in Russia, 1917-1918
Judson, Trotsky, and Bolshevik-American Military Collaboration, 1917-1918p. 57
Raymond Robins and Discussions on Political and Economic Cooperation, 1917-1918p. 79
Chicherin-Poole Discussions, May to August, 1918p. 125
Isolation and the Search for Peace, 1918-1919
Isolation and the Struggle for Contactp. 153
Maksim Litvinov and the Bolshevik Opening to the Westp. 175
Paris I: The Prinkipo Failurep. 191
Paris II: Bullitt's Mission to Leninp. 218
Paris III: Hoover-Nansen - The Politics of Food Reliefp. 244
Economic Overtures and Response, 1919-1920
The Bolsheviks and Economic Diplomacy, 1919-1920p. 267
The United States Responds: Red Scare and Definitive Policy, 1919-1920p. 294
Conclusion: Interaction and Explorationp. 336
Notesp. 340
Indexp. 419
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ISBN: 9780195071870
ISBN-10: 0195071875
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 25th March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.31  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.94