China and Its Allies in the Cold War

SHEN, Zhihua, et LI, Danhui, After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War, Woodrow Wilson Center Press with Stanford University Press, Cold War International History Project Series, août 2011, 360 p.


After Leaning to One Side traces the rise and fall of the Sino-Soviet alliance between 1949 and 1973, emphasizing tension over the Korean and Vietnam wars. Underscoring the theme of inherent conflict within the communist movement, this book shows that while that movement was an international campaign with an imposing theory and an impressive party structure, it was also a collection of sovereign states with disparate national interests. This book explains how this dissonance was further complicated by the unequal development of the Chinese and Soviet states and their communist parties, and traces some of China’s actions to Mao’s grasping at leadership of the communist movement after the death of Stalin.

I. Heydays of the Communist Alliance

  • The Making of an Alliance for Cold and Hot Wars
  • China’s Decision to Enter the Korean War
  • A Troubled Partnership in War
  • The Decision to End the Korean War

The Erosion of a Brotherly Relationship

  • Helping-Hand Diplomacy: Soviet Experts in China
  • Comrades Plus Brothers: Sino-Soviet Border Relations in the 1950s
  • Unrealized Partnership: From Joint Fleet to the Great Leap Forward
  • Antagonized Centers and Troubled Frontiers

III. The Hierarchy of International Communism

  • From Wartime Allies to Peacetime Associates
  • Vietnam and Chinese Policy toward the United States

Epilogue: The Demise of a Communist Alliance

Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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