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By Deborah Welch Larson

ISBN-10: 0801433029

ISBN-13: 9780801433023

ISBN-10: 0801486823

ISBN-13: 9780801486821

The USA and the Soviet Union overlooked quite a few diplomatic possibilities to unravel transformations and keep an eye on the fingers race simply because neither country relied on the opposite, based on Deborah Welch Larson. She indicates that the ambitions of Soviet and U.S. leaders have been often complementary, and an contract must have been possible. misplaced possibilities contributed to financial ruin for the Soviet Union, severe harm to Read more...

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On 27 July, the Korean armistice was signed. 72 In an important speech on 8 August 1953, Malenkov reaffirmed his goal of negotiating a reduction in tensions. The Soviet premier announced plans to increase the supply of food and consumer goods, a radical reversal of the Stalinist privileging of heavy industry. Malenkov pointed out that the Soviet Union had renounced its territorial claims in Turkey, made overtures to both Turkey and Iran, reestablished diplomatic relations with Israel, and exchanged ambassadors with Yugoslavia and Greece.

Perhaps Georgi Malenkov's consumer goods policy was destined to fail because it challenged the interests of the powerful Soviet military‐ industrial complex. Eisenhower as well confronted domestic political constraints on his ability to deal with Soviet leaders: notably, Senator Joe McCarthy and the anticommunist hysteria he had aroused. Nevertheless, despite ideologically driven mistrust on both sides, if Premier Malenkov had made a significant concession, such as signing the Austrian State Treaty, Eisenhower would have tried to meet the Soviet leader halfway.

President Eisenhower was in favor of accepting Malenkov's invitation if he could be sure that the offer was genuine. "If you only could trust that bastard Malenkov," Ike declared passionately at a meeting with State Department officials and the White House staff. He had not given up the idea of a foreign ministers' meeting, despite Dulles's objections. " 14 In contrast, Secretary of State Dulles was confident that the softer line in Soviet foreign policy was merely a tactical shift, which should not tempt the United States to change course.

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