By Gordon Martel

Priceless compilation of essays masking the foremost occasions of the 20 th century. status out from this total notable physique of labor are the contributions at the undertones and factors of WW I (Martel's distinctiveness) and 3 chapters on often-overlooked advancements resulting in WW II.

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Neither could admit that they had made concessions in Northeast Asia that restored Russian economic and political influence in Manchuria and northern Korea. In each case the reasons were mixed, but establishing a coopera- 295 tive rather than confrontational relationship with the Soviet Union was the overriding motive. It was sometime a case of making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, especially in places like the Baltic states, but better that than playing dog-in-themanger and getting suspicion and enmity in return.

The Korean peninsula was regarded as an important security buffer zone for the Soviet Union. After the Second World War, the former Japanese colony was divided at the 38th parallel, initially for occupation purposes, between the United States in the south and the Soviet Union in the north, but it soon became clear that there could be no superpower agreement on the unification of Korea. By the end of 1948, two independent states were formed: the Republic of Korea (ROK) organized by the anti-communist Syngman Rhee in the south, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north led by Stalin’s protégé, Kim Il Sung.

Washington, despite its 310 SAKI RUTH DOCKRILL rhetoric, was not prepared to fight the Cold War outright at the cost of undermining the credibility of America’s global leadership. ” In 1985 the West fi nally found in the new Soviet leader someone who was prepared to accept that Moscow’s interests could be met most effectively by reducing East–West tensions. Conclusion: The End of the Bipolar World The fi nal stage of the bipolar world saw the collapse of communism as a political force. In the process, the Soviet Union, as the leader of the international socialist movement, was much weakened and eventually was unable to exercise control over its spheres of influence in eastern Europe and elsewhere.

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