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Marxism and International Relations
Marxism and International Relations
By Vendulka Kubálková and Albert Cruickshank
Oxford University Press, 1985, 281 pp

As Marx and Engels laid down no rules of international relations to guide the Marxists of the twentieth century, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Tito, and a host of Western and Third World communists have all had a go at it, generally to suit the particular international conditions confronting their respective states and parties. Kubálková and Cruickshank diligently follow and comment on the convolutions of those theories that, without having produced an agreed code, have been important in defining, whether for guidance or as rationalization, the Soviet Union's relations with the bourgeois capitalist order and the system of "socialist relations" among communist states. The often abstract analysis may test the patience of the reader, but the subject and the book will remain important as long as communist foreign policies have an ideological content.