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Moscow, Germany, And The West From Khrushchev To Gorbachev
Moscow, Germany, And The West From Khrushchev To Gorbachev
By Michael J. Sodaro
Cornell University Press, 1991, 423 pp

Sodaro has his own way of interpreting Soviet foreign policy, seeing it not just as a reflection of great power interests but as a process in which domestic factors, differences among leaders and the interplay of ideas among advisers, diplomats, academics and journalists-"the secondary elite"-influence the decisions made and policies adopted. He identifies various schools of thought-maximalist, Europeanist, Americanist, Atlanticist-each of which has its innings as Soviet policy shifts over time. Whatever one thinks of this approach-and there is much to be said for it-Sodaro has explored and wisely used all relevant material published in Russian and German to follow the course of Soviet as well as G.D.R. policy on the "German question"; that is, first and foremost, relations with the Federal Republic. His book should stand for a long time as a prime source of information and reference on this central aspect of the Cold War.