Detente and Confrontation: American-Soviet Relations from Nixon to Reagan

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In this revised edition of his acclaimed 1985 volume, incorporating newly declassified secret Russian as well as American materials, Raymond Garthoff reexamines the historical development of American-Soviet relations from 1969 through 1980. The book takes into account both the broader context of world politics and internal political considerations and developments, and examines these developments as experienced by both sides.Despite a long history as rivals and adversaries, the U.S. and the Soviet Union reached a détente in relations in 1972. From 1975 to 1979, however, this détente gradually eroded until it collapsed in the wake of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Garthoff recounts how differences in ideology, perceptions, aims, and interests were key determinants of both U.S. and Soviet policies. Involvements in Europe, with China, and in the third world further entangled their relations. And each saw the other not only as harboring hostile intentions but also as building military and other capabilities to support such aims. Détente--as well as confrontation--remained an alternative only within the constraints of a continuing cold war.Praise for the first edition:"A gold mine of information." The New York Times Book Review"A monumental contribution offering insightful, rarely considered comparisons of Soviet and American perspectives." Library JournalPraise for the revised edition:"This unprecedented, detailed volume adds invaluable new information to the public knowledge and the historical record." Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin

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About the Author:

Raymond L. Garthoff is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution.

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A retired Foreign Service Officer and Brookings fellow dissects Soviet-American relations from 1969 through 1984 to determine just what detente was, why it failed, and whether it has a future. Garthoff's readable analysis treats events, personalities, and concepts in almost ovewhelming but fascinating detail, supported by exhaustive research and spiced by the anecdotes of one who often was there. He proceeds from the position that some combination of cooperation and competition offers a viable means of avoiding nuclear war. He concludes that detente failed because of conflicting understandings of the concept, exacerbated by a marked lack of empathy on both sides. A monumental contribution offering insightful, rarely considered comparisons of Soviet and American perspectives. Essential for academic and large public libraries; highly recommended for most others. James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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