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Yale Richmond records a highly significant chapter in Soviet-American relations during the final decades of Communism. He provides us with a deftly written, accurate, and thoughtful account of the cultural exchanges that were such important channels of influence and persuasion during those years. His book covers the whole spectrum-from scholars and scientific collaboration to fairs and exhibits. We should be grateful that he has undertaken this task before memories fade.-Allen H. Kassof, former Executive Director, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), 1968-1992Some fifty thousand Soviets visited the United States under various exchange programs between 1958 and 1988. They came as scholars and students, scientists and engineers, writers and journalists, government and party officials, musicians, dancers, and athletes-and among them were more than a few KGB officers. They came, they saw, they were conquered, and the Soviet Union would never again be the same. Cultural Exchange and the Cold War describes how these exchange programs (which brought an even larger number of Americans to the Soviet Union) raised the Iron Curtain and fostered changes that prepared the way for Gorbachev's glasnost, perestroika, and the end of the Cold War.This study is based upon interviews with Russian and American participants as well as the personal experiences of the author and others who were involved in or administered such exchanges. Cultural Exchange and the Cold War demonstrates that the best policy to pursue with countries we disagree with is not isolation but engagement.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Abbreviations and Acronyms
  2. p. viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1 Russia and the West
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2 The Moscow Youth Festival
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. 3 The Cultural Agreement
  2. pp. 14-20
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  1. 4 Scholarly Exchanges
  2. pp. 21-64
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  1. 5 Science and Technology
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. 6 Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. 7 Moscow Think Tanks
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. 8 Forums Across Oceans
  2. pp. 95-112
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  1. 9 Other NGO Exchanges
  2. pp. 113-122
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  1. 10 Performing Arts
  2. pp. 123-127
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  1. 11 Moved by the Movies
  2. pp. 128-132
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  1. 12 Exhibitions—Seeing is Believing
  2. pp. 133-135
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  1. 13 Hot Books in the Cold War
  2. pp. 136-152
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  1. 14 The Pen Is Mightier . . .
  2. pp. 153-161
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  1. 15 Journalists and Diplomats
  2. pp. 162-171
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  1. 16 Fathers and Sons
  2. pp. 172-178
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  1. 17 The Search for a Normal Society
  2. pp. 179-183
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  1. 18 “Western Voices”
  2. pp. 184-185
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  1. 19 To Helsinki and Beyond
  2. pp. 186-190
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  1. 20 Mikhail Gorbachev, International Traveler
  2. pp. 191-196
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  1. 21 And Those Who Could Not Travel
  2. pp. 197-199
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  1. 22 The Polish Connection
  2. pp. 200-204
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  1. 23 The Beatles Did It
  2. pp. 205-209
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  1. 24 Obmen or Obman?
  2. pp. 210-225
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  1. 25 The Future
  2. pp. 226-228
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-249
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271052809
Related ISBN
9780271025322
MARC Record
OCLC
73979580
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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