Soviet-Vietnam Relations and the Role of China 1949-64 (Hardcover)

Changing Alliances (Cass Series: Cold War History)

By Mari Olsen

Routledge, 9780415384742, 201pp.

Publication Date: January 13, 2006

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This new book analyzes how the Soviet leadership evaluated developments in Soviet-Vietnamese relations in the years from 1949 to 1964.

Focusing on how Soviet leaders actually perceived China's role in Vietnam relative to the Soviet role, it shows how these perceptions influenced the Soviet-Vietnamese relationship. It also explains how and when Moscow's enthusiasm for the active Chinese role in Vietnam came to an end - or, in other words, from what point was Beijing's involvement in Vietnam perceived as a liability rather than an asset, in the strategies of Soviet policy makers.

This book is an excellent resource for all students with an interest in Soviet-Vietnamese relations and of strategic studies and international relations in general.

About the Author

Mari Olsen is a Senior Advisor in the Security Policy Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. Her main research interests include Soviet foreign policy toward Vietnam and China, the role of ideology in foreign policy, and contemporary Russian foreign policy.