In This Review

American Russian Relations, 1781-1947
American Russian Relations, 1781-1947
By William Appleman Williams
Rinehart, 1952, 367 pp

The greater part of this book is concerned with the years between 1917 and 1939. The author has done much research, in the National Archives and elsewhere, to emerge with the conclusion that the responsibility for recent unhappy American-Russian relations rests mainly with the United States. While the extensive documentation he provides for the American half of the story warrants attention, if not acceptance, Mr. Williams' treatment of the aims and methods of Soviet foreign policy avoids the essential question.