Alternative Paths: Soviets and Americans, 1917-1920

Hardcover | August 1, 1989

byDavid W. Mcfadden

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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.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.

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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 variet...

David W. McFadden is at Fairfield University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.49 × 6.46 × 1.26 inPublished:August 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195071875

ISBN - 13:9780195071870

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"...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