Soviet ‘Foreign Policy’ and the Versailles-Washington System



Before 1914, imperial Russia was an integral member of the global system of international relations. Its policies have often been held responsible for the outbreak of World War I.1 Later, in the period leading up to 1939, the Soviet Union was on the periphery of this global system. Yet, it has been blamed for the outbreak of hostilities leading to World War II, and for the Cold War afterwards.2 In or out, apparently, Russia possesses qualities that make it a liability in world affairs. However, neither assertion is acceptable, since the purpose of the study of international relations is not to attribute praise or blame, but to investigate the manner in which all the parties involved made their contribution to the maintenance of peace or the outbreak of war.


Foreign Policy International Relation Soviet Republic Soviet Government Russian Territory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

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