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Changing Course - Ideas, Politics and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,431 Discovery Miles 14 310
Changing Course - Ideas, Politics and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Hardcover): Sarah E. Mendelson
Changing Course - Ideas, Politics and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Hardcover): Sarah E. Mendelson

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Changing Course - Ideas, Politics and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Hardcover)

Sarah E. Mendelson

Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics

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Soviet foreign policy changed dramatically in the 1980s. The shift, bitterly resisted by the country's foreign policy traditionalists, ultimately contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. In "Changing Course," Sarah Mendelson demonstrates that interpretations that stress the impact of the international system, and particularly of U.S. foreign policy, or that focus on the role of ideas or politics alone, fail to explain the contingent process of change. Mendelson tells a story of internal battles where "misfit" ideas--ones that severely challenged the status quo--were turned into policies. She draws on firsthand interviews with those who ran Soviet foreign policy and the war in Afghanistan and on recently declassified material from Soviet archives to show that both ideas "and" political strategies were needed to make reform happen.

Focusing on the Soviet decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, Mendelson details the strategies used by the Gorbachev coalition to shift the internal balance of power in favor of constituencies pushing new ideas--mutual security, for example--while undermining the power of old constituencies resistant to change. The interactive dynamic between ideas and politics that she identifies in the case of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan is fundamental to understanding other shifts in Soviet foreign policy and the end of the Cold War. Her exclusive interviews with the foreign policy elite also offer a unique glimpse of the inner workings of the former Soviet power structure.

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
Release date: February 1998
Authors: Sarah E. Mendelson
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 168
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-01677-1
Barcode: 9780691016771
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > International relations
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > International relations > General
Books > Humanities > History > European history > From 1900
Books > History > European history > From 1900
Books > Humanities > History > European history > From 1900 > General
Books > History > European history > From 1900 > General
Books > Humanities > History > Asian / Middle Eastern history > From 1900
Books > History > Asian / Middle Eastern history > From 1900
Books > Humanities > History > Asian / Middle Eastern history > From 1900 > General
Books > History > Asian / Middle Eastern history > From 1900 > General
LSN: 0-691-01677-1

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