The Constant Diplomat: Robert Ford in Moscow

September 1, 2009|
The Constant Diplomat: Robert Ford in Moscow by Charles A. Ruud
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During his tenure as ambassador Ford was in frequent contact with Moscow''s rulers and aware of their struggles, hopes, plans, and fears. Although they appeared powerful, Ford insisted that they sat uneasily on their Kremlin thrones. He showed their shortcomings and the flaws of their system at moments of apparent triumph and warned against miscalculating their strength. Shaped by centuries of Russian tsarism and by Communist ideology, Soviet leaders distrusted the world outside their borders and often failed to understand it, making mistakes and then compounding them, always without acknowledgment.

The Constant Diplomat uncovers the experiences that informed Ford''s capacity to understand the Russians and provides a clear picture of the evolving Soviet domestic, political, social, and cultural scene from the late Stalin era through to the end of the Brezhnev regime.
Charles A. Ruud is a professor of history at the University of Western Ontario and the author of several books on Russia, including Fontanka 16: The Tsars' Secret Police.
Title:The Constant Diplomat: Robert Ford in Moscow
Product dimensions:344 pages, 9.2 X 6.4 X 1.1 in
Shipping dimensions:344 pages, 9.2 X 6.4 X 1.1 in
Published:September 1, 2009
Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780773535855

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