Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World

Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World

by Jeremy Friedman

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The conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War has long been understood in a global context, but Jeremy Friedman's Shadow Cold War delves deeper into the era to examine the competition between the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China for the leadership of the world revolution. When a world of newly independent states emerged from decolonization desperately poor and politically disorganized, Moscow and Beijing turned their focus to attracting these new entities, setting the stage for Sino-Soviet competition.

Based on archival research from ten countries, including new materials from Russia and China, many no longer accessible to researchers, this book examines how China sought to mobilize Asia, Africa, and Latin America to seize the revolutionary mantle from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union adapted to win it back, transforming the nature of socialist revolution in the process. This groundbreaking book is the first to explore the significance of this second Cold War that China and the Soviet Union fought in the shadow of the capitalist-communist clash.

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ISBN-13: 9781469623771
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Series: The New Cold War History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,096,518
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jeremy Friedman is assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.

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Jeremy Friedman has written an impressive, engaging book rooted in an astounding base of research. Shadow Cold War has the potential to significantly reshape the way historians understand the Cold War.--Sergey Radchenko, Aberystwyth University

Shadow Cold War is a must-read book for scholars of Cold War history, foreign relations, Soviet history, and Chinese history. Original, innovative, and thought provoking, it redefines the Sino-Soviet relationship and the contours of ideological debates about communism in the Cold War. This is a major work of history.--Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin

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