Beginning with a detailed analysis of all aspects of Sino-Soviet relations from November 1963 through November 1965, this summary takes up where the author's The Sino-Soviet Rift left off and, like it, includes the text of, or key excerpts from, the main documents of the period.
This book first deals with Khrushchev's unsuccessful attempt to reactivate the collective expulsion or condemnation of the Chinese by an overwhelming majority of the world Communist movement, the Chinese gains arising from his failure, and the resultant growth of pluralistic tendencies among his supporters. After Khrushchev's fall, the book turns to the more indirect and therefore more successful policies of Brezhnev and Kosygin against the Chinese.
Beginning with the seventh Chinese "Comment," the documentation includes Togliatti's Testament and the April 1964 Romanian Central Committee Statement and concludes with the October 27, 1965, Pravda restatement of post-Khrushchev foreign policy and the November 11, 1965, Chinese attack on Moscow's "united front" policy on the Vietnam crisis.
The coming of Sino-U.S. and Soviet-U.S. détente in the early 1970's and the resulting shift in international relationships produced a revolution in world diplomacy whose repercussions are still being felt. The World and the Great-Power Triangles sets up a framework for describing this dramatic change in global affairs in terms of its implications for regional politics in key areas of the world.
In the introductory chapter, William E. Griffith analyzes events leading to the breakup of the alignment of the cold war era and the reaarangement of the great powers into two triangles: a political-military grouping made up of the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. In each of the subsequent chapters, a well-known writer on international affairs discusses the operation of this "triangular world politics" in his particular are of expertise. The authors' analyses of recent history and current events illuminate the complex ways in which national and international politics interact. The book brings together a wealth of data and provides a survey that should be of use to scholars and students of world affairs.