Accession Number : AD0643496

Title :   REVIEW OF SOVIET STRATEGIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: AN EXPLORATION OF EASTERN POLICY UNDER LENIN AND STALIN,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Robinson,Thomas W.

Report Date : NOV 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The paper reviews the book Soviet Strategies in Southeast Asia by Charles McLane. Charles McLane, Professor at Dartmouth College, has written an exhaustive, penetrating, and lucid study of Soviet policy toward Southeast Asia through 1953. Although not written for the general reader since it presumes a general knowledge of the history of communism in that area, the book breaks new ground in terms of the completeness of its survey and in its success in tying down more closely a number of factual points which were in doubt before. McLane's book therefore complements the work done by others before him as well as serves as a sequel to his own previous work on Soviet policy toward the Chinese Communists. Two particular features are first that McLane apparently used almost all of the Soviet sources on the subject available in the West, and second that the author conducted a large number of interviews in Southeast Asia with governmental officials and current and ex-Communist leaders. Those features lend a degree of authority to the results which will not easily be overcome by subsequent research.

Descriptors :   (*FOREIGN POLICY, USSR), (*COMMUNISM, FOREIGN POLICY), POLITICAL SCIENCE, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), HISTORY, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE