The Soviet Union and the World since 1945

  • Roy E. H. Mellor
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Abstract

The years between the world wars saw a deep mutual fear prevail between the USSR and the world at large, where the former had few, if any, real friends. In the Soviet Union the rising xenophobia of Stalin and the Politburo engendered isolation and secrecy, with subversive plots suspected in every action that diverged even marginally from the prescribed party line. Fearful of international Communism, the countries of the outside world threw a tight cordon sanitaire around the innovations in society and the economy being applied within the USSR. Neither side knew or even wanted to know much about the other. The outside world grossly misjudged, both by over- and under-estimation, the real achievements of the new Soviet regime, while the Soviet political bosses, with almost no experience beyond their own boundaries, gravely misjudged the true state of capitalism and, in particular, how to conduct relations successfully with the world at large. From both sides reluctant dealings were dominated as much by ineptitude and clumsiness as by mistrust and suspicion.

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© Roy E. H. Mellor 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy E. H. Mellor
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of AberdeenUK

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