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The USSR and Marxist Revolutions in the Third World

The USSR and Marxist Revolutions in the Third World

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Mark N. Katz, S. Neil MacFarlane, Wayne P. Limberg, William E. Griffith
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  • Date Published: February 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521392655

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  • How did Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of perestroika affect Soviet support of Marxist revolution in the Third World? In this book, four experts on Soviet-Third World relations take a sharp-eyed look at the role the former Soviet Union played in providing assistance to Marxist revolutionaries and assess the changes in policy that occurred under Gorbachev's leadership. Often the Soviet Union pursued a patient strategy of providing relatively limited amounts of military assistance to revolutionary movements to ensure that they would not be defeated. Even when revolutionaries were able to seize power without a surge of Soviet military support, the Marxist movements often required substantial military assistance from the USSR and other communist states to stay in power. Under Gorbachev, the Soviet Union realized that its previous support for revolution had saddled it with the burden of propping up weak Marxist regimes and undermined efforts to achieve détente with the United States. Gorbachev then acted to reduce the political and economic cost of supporting Marxist third world regimes. The authors' essays offer a detailed and challenging analysis of the complexities that have defined the Soviet Union's support of Marxist revolutions in the past and will shape future Soviet policy.

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    'Since he came to power in the mid-1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev has indicated that he wants to reduce the resource drain on the USSR and its allies in defending … weak Marxist-Leninist regimes. Nevertheless, Marxist revolution in the third world has been a persistent phenomenon of the twentieth century, and it could remain so into the twenty-first. It is important to understand the past relationship between the USSR and Marxist revolution in order to understand how this relationship might evolve in the future.' Mark N. Katz

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    • Date Published: February 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521392655
    • length: 164 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Mark N. Katz
    1. Successes and failures in Soviet policy toward Marxist revolutions in the third world, 1917–85 S. Neil MacFarlane
    2. Soviet military support for third-world Marxist regimes Wayne P. Limberg
    3. Gorbachev and revolution Mark N. Katz
    4. Gorbachev's policies toward the third world William E. Griffith
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    Mark N. Katz


    Mark N. Katz, S. Neil MacFarlane, Wayne P. Limberg, William E. Griffith

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