America's secret war against Bolshevism : U.S. intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917-1920 /
David S. Foglesong.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1995.
x, 386 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0807822280 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1995.
0807822280 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [347]-369) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-05-01:
Despite its sensational title and strained attempts at post-1945 relevance, this is a well-researched account of the dilemma faced by Woodrow Wilson in fashioning a policy toward the Bolshevik Revolution. The president who promised a new open diplomacy was, as Foglesong clearly documents, compelled by domestic and international pressures, as well as by his own anti-Bolshevism, to "employ secretive and indirect methods of intervention" in a vain and counterproductive effort to force a democratic outcome to the Russian civil war. Foglesong asserts, but does not prove, that Wilson established the foundation for the covert actions of the Cold War. Although he briefly notes some connections in personnel and philosophy that exist between the two periods, the author is much more convincing when he illuminates the differences between Wilson's supposed commitment to self-determination and the often sordid methods he secretly used against the Soviets. Wilson, in pursuing neither open opposition nor an honest neutrality, provided no principled guidance for his successors, and, as Foglesong concludes, gave future historians no cause to be anything but censorious. Upper-division undergraduates and above. L. M. Lees Old Dominion University
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Table of Contents
Note on Dates and Russian Transliteration
Introductionp. 1
The Development of a Wilsonian Style of Interventionp. 11
The Origins of American Anti-Bolshevismp. 24
Keeping Faith with Russia: Ambassador Boris Bakhmeteff and U.S. Efforts to Restore "Democracy"p. 47
The British Connection: American Covert Aid to Anti-Bolsheviks in South Russia, 1917-1918p. 76
American Intelligence Gathering, Propaganda, and Covert Action in Revolutionary Russiap. 106
American Intervention in Siberia, 1918-1920: The Search for Anti-Bolshevik "Nuclei" and "Strong Men"p. 143
Fighting, but Not a War: American Intervention in North Russia, 1918-1919p. 188
Food as a Weapon against Bolshevism: American "Humanitarian" Intervention in the Baltic Region, 1919p. 231
The Struggle against Intervention: Soviet Policy toward America, 1917-1920p. 272
Conclusionp. 293
Notesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 371
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