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Worse Than a Monolith by Thomas J. Christensen

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Chapter 4THE BENEFITS OF COMMUNIST ALLIANCE COORDINATION AND THE CONTINUING COSTS OF U.S. ALLIANCE FORMATION, 1951–56

By the mid-1950s Mao had proved himself a full-fledged member of the international communist movement, and Sino-Soviet cooperation would be much closer than it was before the Korean War began. While hardly an unalloyed benefit for the United States and its allies, a relatively more coordinated and hierarchical international communist movement meant that peace deals were easier to negotiate in Korea and Indochina and that more aggressive local actors were less capable of dragging their more powerful allies into positions that would cause escalation of the existing conflicts.

With the important exception of the 1954–55 Taiwan Strait ...

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