AMERICAN RUSSIAN RELATIONS 1781-1947 by William A. Williams
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An acute analysis and pithy account of our dealings with Russia from 1781 to 1947 written with the clarity, disinterestedness, and documentation of an honorable historian. The author reveals the two powers even in 1781 as cleverly gauging one another for usefulness -- as imperialistic nations maneuvering to balance the globe between them. In these relations there was cooperation, such as Russia's withdrawal from the Northwest, and there was a competition as well, with the need for Asiatic markets and footholds by both powers as a focal point of action. The Revolution, bringing the added complication of an alien ideology, presented new problems --Robin's fight and Borah's, through several administrations, to have Russia recognized by Washington is detailed, as the concept of containment comes on the scene. A revealing glimpse into the field of diplomacy, with its constant changing of tack in the case of the United States -- a walking of the tightrope with many falls into the safety net beneath, and perhaps a plunge to the floor...A fine source book that gives a steadier base for considering present actions than the excited reports of contemporary doings so often before us, a book for students of politics and world affairs, and the layman with some background. Not easy reading in its concentration but an important book for thoughtful citizens.

Publisher: Rinehart