The story of Khrushchev's "trip to Canossa" (Belgrade) in 1955 and its consequences has been told before, but never in such rich (sometimes overstuffed) detail nor with such a full and intelligent discussion of all the relevant factors in Soviet-Yugoslav relations and the potential redefinition of the world communist movement during those critical years, which saw the Hungarian revolution, the Moscow conference of communist parties, the 7th Congress of the Yugoslav party and the emerging role of China. Not least of the elements in the equation was the personal factor, illustrated in Maurer's brilliant description of the continuing comradely fencing match in which Tito and Khrushchev each tried to make of the "reconciliation" something the other did not want it to be, especially as it would affect the east European satellites. The author had access to the Yugoslav archives; the Soviet side awaits further elucidation.
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