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Alternative paths [electronic resource] : Soviets and Americans, 1917-1920 /
David W. McFadden.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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x, 448 p.
ISBN
0195071875 (Cloth)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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0195071875 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
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7372475
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 340-418) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
In this pathbreaking book that offers an alternative focus in writing diplomatic history, McFadden also proposes the alternatives accessible to the fledgling Bolshevik political body and the capricious Wilson administration to resolve tensions of international interaction. The genesis of the conflictive relationship between the two nations and their indefatigable desire to find a modus vivendi may be located in the early years of diplomatic contact, notably 1917 to 1920. 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 WW I. The extensive multinational and multiarchival research reveals a startling count of arrangements and compromises that precede the 1933 agreement. The book is skillfully divided into four parts, of which Parts 1 and 2 are requisite, Part 3 repetitive and discursive, and Part 4 phenomenal for original research and critique. This book is strongly recommended for all serious scholars of Soviet-American relations. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. B. K. Grewal; Luther College
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"[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] does not change our understanding of history in anyfundamental way, but he does fill in the details, particularly on the U.S. side,and the specialist will find the account rich and useful."--ForeignAffairs
"McFadden has provided us with a fascinating, detailed, and important addition to the historiography of Soviet-American relations."--he Journal of American History
"McFadden has provided us with a fascinating, detailed, and importantaddition to the historiography of Soviet-American relations."--he Journal ofAmerican History
"[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
"[McFadden's] research is meticulous and impressive....Clearlywritten....Any student or researcher of this subject in the future must startwith 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
"...offers new insights into some of the formative events that contributedto Soviet-American antagonism in later years...exhaustively researched andclearly written and is a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature in thefield."--Journal of Modern History
"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 ofWWI....This book is strongly recommended for all serious scholars of Soviet-American relations."--Choice
"Pathbreaking....The most remarkable nuance of the book is its focus onthe efforts of the military, economic, and political emissaries of both nationswho 'proposed concrete responses to specific problems' while the policymakerswere seeking denouement to the more chaotic considerations of WWI....This bookis strongly recommended for all serious scholars of Soviet-Americanrelations."--Choice
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 book is well organized, clearly written, and accessible to layreaders....The book would be a valuable addition to any collection dealing withforeign relations, Wilsonian policy, or the formative years of the SovietUnion."--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
"The quality of McFadden's scholarship is excellent and he documents hisaccount copiously, eschewing counterfactuals and sticking to the evidence."--TheSlavonic Review
"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 HistoryThe 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
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Summaries
Long Description
Between 1917-1920 - from the Bolshevik Revolution to the definitive statement of American opposition to Bolshevik Russia - Soviets and Americans searched for ways to effect meaningful interaction between the 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 timeextensive debates took place in both countries about the nature of the relations between them. As McFadden shows in this pathbreaking book, based on research in Soviet archives, as well as previously unused private collections and government archives in the United States and Great Britain, a surprising number of concrete agreements were reached between the two countries, including 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 UnitedStates, the exemption of a number of American corporations from Soviety nationalization, and the numerous trade contracts betwen the Soviet government and American firms. Numerous imkportant diplomats and politicians were involved in these negotiations. Most of the details, characters and nature of thesediscussions and their efforts have previously been overlooked or downplayed by historians. In the post-Cold War era, such a re-evaluation should have special relevance. re-evaluation of this critical period, McFadden shows how a surprising number of concrete agreements were reached between the two nations, and the relevance of this in light of current events such as glasnost.
Long Description
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. As McFadden shows in this pathbreaking book, based on research in Soviet archives as well as previously unused private collections and government archives in the United States and Great Britain, 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. Numerous important diplomats and politicians were involved in these negotiations. McFadden offers a timely reevaluation in a post-Cold War era.
Main Description
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.As McFadden shows in this pathbreaking book, based on research in Soviet archives as well as previously unused private collections and government archives in the United States and Great Britain, a surprising number of concrete agreements were reached between the two countries. These includedcontinued 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 governmentnationalization decrees. Numerous important diplomats and politicians were involved in these negotiations. McFadden offers a timely reevaluation in a post-Cold War era.
Main Description
In this pathbreaking book, McFadden shows that during 1917 to 1920, the U.S. and the Soviet Union reached a surprising number of agreements, including the continued operation of the American Red Cross in Russia, the transfer of war materials from the Russian army to the Americans, and the exemption of a number of American corporations from the Soviet government nationalization decrees.
Table of Contents
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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