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Worse Than a Monolith by Thomas J. Christensen

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Chapter 5THE SINO-SOVIET SPLIT AND PROBLEMS FOR THE UNITED STATES IN ASIA, EUROPE, AND THE AMERICAS, 1956–64

Coordination and comity in the communist camp was unparalleled during 1953–57. In 1956, the Soviets and Chinese would demonstrate their high degree of cohesion by cooperating fairly actively in addressing problems within the communist camp in Eastern Europe and in North Korea. This period of alliance unity was, however, relatively short-lived as ideological differences, distrust, and jealous rivalries for international leadership between Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev, and Mao Zedong divided the communist alliance in the years leading up to escalation of the Vietnam War. One can date the true split in the Sino-Soviet alliance in ...

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