By Deborah Welch Larson

The U.S. and the Soviet Union overlooked various diplomatic possibilities to unravel variations and keep watch over the palms race simply because neither nation depended on the opposite, in accordance with Deborah Welch Larson. She indicates that the targets of Soviet and U.S. leaders have been usually complementary, and an contract must have been possible. misplaced possibilities contributed to financial disaster for the Soviet Union, severe harm to Read more...

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Anatomy of mistrust : U.S.-Soviet relations during the Cold War

The USA and the Soviet Union ignored a number of diplomatic possibilities to unravel changes and keep watch over the palms race simply because neither nation relied on the opposite, based on Deborah Welch Larson. She indicates that the pursuits of Soviet and U. S. leaders have been often complementary, and an contract must have been possible.

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On the other hand, Eisenhower and Dulles already knew that the chances for French approval of EDC were not good. Dulles admitted that there was no urgent need to rearm Germany, because the risk of a general war seemed less than at any previous time in history. If the Soviets proved unwilling to give up East Germany in return for guarantees of its demilitarization, then doubters within France and Germany would have been more receptive to German rearmament. S. arming of West Germany. 64 A neutral Germany would have deprived the United States of twelve West German divisions envisioned for NATO as well as the use of West German territory to station American troops.

R. " He did not condemn Beria for handing over the GDR to the West or for abandoning socialism. Malenkov may have been reluctant to prop up a weak East German Communist regime with expensive subsidies because that would interfere with his domestic reform program. 55 Apart from Molotov, no one at the July 1953 plenum gave unconditional support to Ulbricht. Molotov argued that bourgeois Germany had started two world wars. The idea that such a Germany could become a "peace-loving" or "neutral" state was not only an illusion but antithetical to communism.

As part of this arrangement, the Soviets would have to allow domestic autonomy in Eastern Europe and give up trying to promote world communism. S. military bases and turn to neutralism. Eisenhower emphatically agreed that it was important to make renewed efforts to relax world tensions and that mutual withdrawal of Soviet and American forces could be suggested as a first step. 7" In the end, nothing came of Dulles's idea. Malenkov's offer to negotiate on subjects of East-West tension was not credible because Soviet concessions did not entail significant costs or risks to the new regime.

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