An essential resource for all scholars of the Cold War and of the demise of the Sino-Soviet Friendship, this new book seeks to upend the prevailing scholarly explanations of the famous Sino-Soviet Split. Armed with new Russian and Chinese data, Danhui Li and Yafeng Xia offer a more nuanced explanation of important Sino-Soviet events and, in so doing, argue that China’s relationship with the Soviet Union was crucially important to the development of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
Authored by two leading historians of China's foreign relations, this meticulously researched work of scholarship brings new depth to our understanding of the underlying causes of the Sino-Soviet split. Danhui Li and Yafeng Xia tell a gripping story, peppered with fascinating details from new archival revelations. This study is a must-read for scholars and students of Cold War history.
No bilateral relationship was more consequential in Cold War history than the conflict-ridden Sino-Soviet alliance. This carefully researched and insightfully argued book by two of the world’s most accomplished experts on the subject is a must read for anyone interested in diplomatic history, international security, or the international relations of East Asia.