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Reconstructing the Cold WarThe Early Years, 1945-1958$
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Ted Hopf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858484.001.0001

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Stalin’s Foreign Policy

Stalin’s Foreign Policy

The Discourse of Danger Abroad, 1945–53

(p.72) 3 Stalin’s Foreign Policy
Reconstructing the Cold War

Ted Hopf

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses the ability of societal constructivism to explain a host of Soviet relationships with the external world, which includes China, Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, and the West. It is divided into two parts. The first deals with the period of relative Soviet tolerance of difference at home, reflected in a more tolerant foreign policy abroad. The second part reflects the triumph of the discourse of danger at home, and its projection onto Soviet relations with Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, East Germany, China, the Third World, and the United States. Besides telling the story of these events based on the latest primary documentation available, it points out both the limits and rewards of paying attention to the elements of Soviet identity elaborated in Chapter 2.

Keywords:   societal constructivism, foreign relations, foreign policy, China, Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, West, Soviet identity

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