Accession Number : AD0690499

Title :   SOVIET POWER AND EUROPE: THE EVOLUTION OF A POLITICAL-MILITARY POSTURE, 1945-1964,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Wolfe,Thomas W.

Report Date : NOV 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 478

Abstract : A discussion is given of the development and use of Soviet political-military policy toward Western Europe in the postwar period under Stalin and in the Krushchev era. Stalin's foreign policy can be regarded as a calculated risk of short-term losses in order to gain time in which to arouse dissension within the West while overcoming Soviet military and industrial deficiencies. Technological progress in Khrushchev's regime made the Soviet Union a superpower capable of competing with the U.S., but in foreign policy the premier was unable to break the stalemate inherited from Stalin. The result was a continuing standoff with the West, based on the tacit understanding that it was infeasible for one to achieve major political gains at the expense of the other. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*POLITICAL SCIENCE, USSR), COMMUNISM, INTERACTIONS, EUROPE, FOREIGN POLICY, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN)

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE