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The Soviet Study of International Relations : Soviet and East European Studies (Paperback) - Allen Lynch

The Soviet Study of International Relations

Soviet and East European Studies (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 2nd October 1989
ISBN: 9780521367639
Number Of Pages: 248

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This systematic observation of foreign policy within the Soviet Union shows how such phenomena as nuclear warfare, continued Western prosperity, and the Sino-Soviet split have forced analysts to diverge sharply from traditional Leninist orthodoxy. The result has been a Soviet analysis of world politics that is considerably more complex and politically sophisticated than westerners often assume. This is manifested in an increasingly multipolar world view, accepting the continued existence of the United States, in which the USSR is seen as an integral component of an international system rather than simply as the center of a unique and expanding system of its own. Fundamental to this changing perspective is the perception that no Soviet interests could possibly be served by nuclear war. In an extended preface to this paperback edition, Allen Lynch examines the impact of the recent Gorbachev reform initiative on the intellectual basis of Soviet foreign policy.

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'This book comes just at the right moment ... [It] is important firstly for the account it provides of changes in methodologies and assumptions, and secondly for its survey of related changes in Soviet views of the world over the last twenty years ... This book stands out from previous treatments of the subject by virtue of its author's talent for distinguishing the essential from the inessential in the sometimes cryptic Soviet literature. It deserves a wide readership.' Neil Malcolm, Soviet Studies

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introduction: the "New Political Thinking" and Soviet Foreign Policy: Intellectual Origins and Political Consequencesp. xv
Motive forces behind the "new political thinking"p. xix
Leadership support for the "new thinking"p. xxii
How have the parameters of discussion changed?p. xxx
How has the role of foreign-policy specialists changed?p. xxxvi
Conclusionp. xxxviii
Introduction to the First Editionp. 1
A note on methodologyp. 6
The Background: Marx, Lenin, Stalin and the Theory of International Relationsp. 8
Marx and Engelsp. 8
Lenin: "imperialism"p. 14
Stalin: "socialism in one country"p. 18
Stalin's dispute with Vargap. 20
The Development of Soviet Political Studiesp. 26
Approaches to International Relationsp. 32
Introductionp. 32
The early Brezhnev periodp. 34
Toward a Soviet sociology of international relationsp. 49
Substantive applicationsp. 60
Conclusionp. 68
The Systems Approach and International Relationsp. 71
Soviet critiques of Western systems methodsp. 72
The development of a Soviet systems approachp. 78
The Structure of the International System: The Systems Levelp. 89
Criteria of evaluation: power, correlation of forces, and the balance of powerp. 89
The new correlation of forces and emerging multipolaritiesp. 95
The place of Soviet-American relations in the international systemp. 104
Critical Subsystemsp. 108
Inter-"imperialist" relationsp. 108
Inter-socialist relationsp. 116
International organizationp. 124
Summaryp. 128
The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Changing Face of International Relationsp. 131
A new factor in international relations: the scientific-technical revolutionp. 133
Conclusionp. 140
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780521367639
ISBN-10: 0521367638
Series: Soviet and East European Studies (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 2nd October 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.37  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.41

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