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Author Mendelson, Sarah Elizabeth.

Title Changing Course : Ideas, Politics, and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (158 pages)
Series Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
Princeton studies in international history and politics.
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface: Encounters with a Declining Power; Abbreviations
Summary Soviet foreign policy changed dramatically in the 1980s. The shift, bitterly resisted by the country's foreign policy traditionalists, ultimately contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. In Changing Course, Sarah Mendelson demonstrates that interpretations that stress the impact of the international system, and particularly of U.S. foreign policy, or that focus on the role of ideas or politics alone, fail to explain the contingent process of change. Mendelson tells a story of internal battles where ""misfit"" ideas--ones that severely challenged th
Notes Print version record
Subject Afghanistan -- History -- Soviet occupation, 1979-1989.
USSR -- Foreign relations -- 1985-1991.
USSR -- Foreign relations -- Afghanistan.
USSR -- Politics and government -- 1985-1991.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400864828 (electronic bk)
9781400864829 (electronic bk)