Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962-1967

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Using recently declassified archival sources from Russia, China, Mongolia, the United States, and other countries, Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962-1967 examines the dramatic deterioration of relations between the USSR and China in the 1960s, whereby once powerful allies became estranged, competitive, and increasingly hostile neighbors.

Sergey Radchenko's authoritative account of these years shows how the intrinsic inequality of the Sino-Soviet alliance—seen as entirely natural by the Russians but bitterly resented by the Chinese—resulted in its ultimate collapse. Through a careful and comprehensive investigation of policymaking in both Moscow and Beijing, Radchenko creates a new framework for understanding the role of ideology, personalities, and culture in Sino-Soviet relations and the power struggle between the two communist powers.

Sergey Radchenko is a fellow with the International History Department at the London School of Economics (LSE). Dr. Radchenko has written extensively on the history of the Cold War, on Soviet foreign policy during the Cold War years, and on the regional history of North East Asia, including China, Mongolia, Korea (South and North) and Japan. He is also the author of The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War, CWIHP Working Paper No. 47 "The Soviet Union and the North Korean Seizure of the USS Pueblo: Evidence from Russian Archives," as well as several articles in specialized journals and the CWIHP Bulletin.

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