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The Sino-Soviet Split


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Maps viii Acknowledgments xi Abbreviations and Terms xiii Transliteration and Diacritical Marks xix Introduction 1 Chapter One: Historical Background, 1921-1955 19 Chapter Two: The Collapse of Socialist Unity, 1956-1957 46 Chapter Three: Mao's Challenges, 1958 80 Chapter Four: Visible Cracks, 1959 114 Chapter Five: World Revolution and the Collapse of Economic Relations, 1960 157 Chapter Six: Ambiguous Truce, 1961-1962 194 Chapter Seven: Mao Resurgent, 1962-1963 219 Chapter Eight: The American Factor, 1962-1963 246 Chapter Nine: Khrushchev's Fall and the Collapse of Party Relations, 1963-1966 273 Chapter Ten: Vietnam and the Collapse of the Military Alliance, 1964-1966 302 Conclusion 340 Essay on the Sources 353 Index 361

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Buttressed by massive documentation from a dazzling array of international archival sources, Lorenz Luthi examines all the issues involved in the Sino-Soviet conflict from 1956 to 1966, and he singles out ideology as the prime motive that drove these two communist giants into catastrophic division. The episodes covered in this major work unfold like a kaleidoscope, refining or correcting traditional interpretations of events during this important period. There is no doubt that this book has established itself as the yardstick by which other works will be measured. -- Toshi Hasegawa, University of California, Santa Barbara A prodigiously researched and level-headed study of the political and diplomatic split between the Soviet and Chinese communist governments. The need to understand Chinese and Russian foreign policy both past and present remains high, and the wealth of information in this important book will be a key point of reference for students and scholars in the decades to come. -- O. A. Westad, London School of Economics and Political Science Lorenz Luthi has made good use of a vast quantity of declassified documents and memoirs from the former Soviet bloc, China, and Western countries and has also drawn extensively on the secondary literature. His fascinating book will be a crucial resource for all those interested in tracing how and why the USSR and China moved from alliance to bitter confrontation. -- Mark Kramer, Harvard University

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Lorenz M. Luthi is assistant professor of the history of international relations at McGill University.


Winner of the 2008 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University Lorenz M. Luthi, Co-Winner of the 2010 Marshall Shulman Book Prize, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies "An astonishingly well-documented, densely detailed history of the causes and development of the Sino-Soviet conflict from virtually every relevant perspective... The Sino-Soviet Split is a major achievement in Cold War history and the standard against which future scholarship on this subject likely will be judged for many years to come."--Charles K. Armstrong, The Moscow Times "[The Sino-Soviet Split] is well-researched and compellingly-argued, and helps illuminate a critical portion of the Cold War."--R.M. Farley, Choice "This is a solid study of the breakup of the Sino-Soviet alliance... Of all the available English-language works on this topic, this study stands out as the most extensive as well as balanced in using both Russian and Chinese materials... [T]his book is a welcome addition, not only to the Cold War international history literature, but also to the studies on contemporary alliance politics. Methodologically, too, it stands as a wonderful example of how effectively a multiarchival and multilinguistic approach can and should be used in Cold War studies."--Shu Guang Zhang, Slavic Review "Lorenz M. Luthi's well-informed book supersedes the others in its thoroughness in covering the critical events and drawing on archival evidence and memoirs that were unavailable until recently. It nicely balances treatment of both countries, carefully follows changing emphases as the split widened from 1956 to 1966, and keeps the focus on identifying the causes."--Gilbert Rozman, International History Review "Luthi offers new insight into numerous foreign policy relationships central to the Cold War, while also directing our attention to a series of still unexplored issues pertinent to the vast socialist bloc and the fascinating alliance between the Russians and the Chinese."--Austin Jersild, American Historical Review "The Sino-Soviet Split is an excellent study of how China's domestic politics (and particularly Mao's efforts to remain at the helm of China's political and socioeconomic development) informed its foreign policy in general and relations with the Soviet Union in particular. Seen in the context of China's domestic-foreign policy nexus, Luthi's monograph will be of great value to scholars who are interested in China's Cold War diplomacy and, more generally, an analysis of Chinese foreign policymaking."--Czeslaw Tubilewicz, Russian Review "It is clearly the work of an industrious and skilled researcher in control of his material. The Sino-Soviet Split is a valuable work that provides a bounty of raw material and research leads for others who seek to understand the course of the Sino-Soviet split."--Steven M. Goldstein, China Quarterly "This persuasive, thorough, and balanced history of the breakdown of Sino-Soviet relations in the late 1950s and 1960s should be considered essential reading for scholars interested in the Cold War."--Peter C. Pozefsky, Historian

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