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Dominant Powers and Subordinate States: The United States in Latin America and the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe
Dominant Powers and Subordinate States: The United States in Latin America and the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe
Edited by Jan F. Triska
Duke University Press, 1986, 504 pp.

Comparison between these two spheres of influence (a term almost impossible to define precisely) turns up some parallels, which stem from the elementary facts of power, geography and cold war competition, as well as some obvious fundamental differences. This particular inquiry, a massive effort by a collective of scholars, subjects all the relevant factors to intensive scrutiny. It is an exercise that cannot fail to intrigue political scientists. Policy implications are less apparent, but it is of interest that the book lends support to the proposition that efforts by both superpowers to maintain their traditional systems of domination or influence are becoming counter-productive.