Higher Education

From Messianism to Collapse: Soviet Foreign Policy 1917-1991, 1st Edition

  • David MacKenzie University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • ISBN-10: 0155013033  |  ISBN-13: 9780155013032
  • 278 Pages
  • © 1994 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $150.00



This concise supplement to courses in the history of Russia and the USSR serves as a sequel to MacKenzie's text, IMPERIAL DREAMS/HARSH REALITIES: TSARIST RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY, 1815-1917. This volume describes Soviet foreign policy from the Bolshevik seizure of power until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

Table of Contents

1. Ideology, Aims and Instruments.
2. The First Revolutionary Era, 1917-1920.
3. Accommodation and Recovery, 1920-1927.
4. "Socialist Construction" and Isolation, 1928-1933.
5. "Collective Security", 1934-1938.
6. Nazi-Soviet Alliance, 1939-1941.
7. The Soviet Union and World War II, 1941-1945.
8. "Cold War" and the Soviet Bloc, 1945-1953.
9. Post-Stalin Transition, 1953-1957.
10. Khrushchev and "Peaceful Coexistence", 1958-1964.
11. Brezhnev: Intervention and Detente, 1964-1974.
12. Gerontocracy and Decline, 1975-1985.
13. The Gorbachev Revolution, 1985-1990.
14. Soviet Collapse and Aftermath, 1991-1993.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David MacKenzie

Dr. David MacKenzie, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, received his B.A. degree in history at the University of Rochester in 1951, after service in the U.S. Army in Germany. Graduating from the Russian Institute of Columbia University in 1953, he began teaching history and Russian language at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and received his Ph.D. degree from Columbia in 1962. He taught Russian and European history at Princeton University (1959-1961), Wells College (1961-1968), then as a full professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro starting in 1969, retiring in July 2000. For his scholarly research, MacKenzie received grants from the Ford Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. In 1988 he was elected to the Serbian Academy of Sciences for his writings on Serbian history. Married to Patricia Williams in 1953, he has three grown sons. MacKenzie's published works include THE SERBS AND RUSSIAN PAN-SLAVISM 1875-1878 (1967); THE LION OF TASHKENT: THE CAREER OF GENERAL M. G. CHERNIAEV (1974); ILIJA GARASANIN: BALKAN BISMARCK (1985); APIS: THE CONGENIAL CONSPIRATOR (1989); two volumes on tsarist and Soviet foreign policy (1993, 1994); THE "BLACK HAND" ON TRIAL: SALONIKA 1917 (1995); THE EXONERATION OF THE "BLACK HAND" (1998); SERBS AND RUSSIANS (1996); and VIOLENT SOLUTIONS: REVOLUTIONS, NATIONALISM AND SECRET SOCIETIES IN EUROPE TO 1918 (1996). He has contributed some 35 articles to the MODERN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RUSSIAN AND SOVIET HISTORY. Mostly for research, MacKenzie visited Serbia 16 times and Russia 7 times, and is fluent in Russian, Serbian, German, and French. He lives in retirement with his wife, Patricia, in Greensboro, North Carolina.