Stressing changing perceptions of the Soviet Union and how they affected the policies of the major Western powers-Britain, France, Germany, and the U.S.-Niedhart and his collaborators have written a solid, informative work on 60 years of history. The chapters covering the interwar period, well documented with unpublished archival material as well as many other sources, are especially good. The perceptions analyzed are mainly those of the policymakers rather than those of the less informed but not necessarily less wise general public.
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