Yalta Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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Yalta Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

By Jean Laloy
Harper & Row, 1990
153 pp. $17.95
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Laloy is a French diplomat with long experience in Soviet affairs. Here he puts the Yalta Conference in the context of the whole course of Anglo-American-Soviet relations in World War II and its aftermath. He tells his story briefly but with all essential elements, pointing out the weaknesses and miscalculations of Churchill and Roosevelt but also disposing of the myth, widely believed in France thanks to de Gaulle, that Yalta was a cynical conspiracy to partition Europe. For tomorrow, the recommendation is not to go on arguing about Yalta endlessly but to understand it and learn its lessons.

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