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Revolution and Survival: The Foreign Policy of Russia, 1917-1918
Revolution and Survival: The Foreign Policy of Russia, 1917-1918
By Richard K. Debo
University of Toronto Press, 1979, 462 pp.

How the fledgling Bolshevik regime, with Lenin as its guide and Chicherin as the skillful executor of foreign policy, survived its infancy in a hostile world. While this history does not supersede the distinguished work of Carr, Kennan and others, it supplements and completes them by drawing on all the material old and new (except what remains hidden in the Soviet archives) in a full and well-written account of the realistic diplomacy that subordinated the cause of world revolution to the higher priority of the preservation of the Soviet state.