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Superpowers and Revolution
Superpowers and Revolution
Edited by Jonathan R. Adelman
Praeger, 1986, 256 pp

When states which are deemed by one or both superpowers to be significant in the geopolitical balance of power erupt into revolution or local war, Washington and Moscow have decisions to make: to weigh the risks, costs and advantages of this course or that; to decide on action or inaction; to try to act together to contain the dangers or separately to exploit them. The contributors to this volume look into the problems of revolution and intervention by considering specific instances where the Soviet Union (in the cases of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Afghanistan) or the United States (in China, Vietnam, Guatemala, Chile and Iran) had such decisions to make. These studies are, for the most part, carefully and thoughtfully done, without great new revelations and with more sureness of touch, for obvious reasons, on the American than on the Soviet side.