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

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

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Woodrow Wilson Center Press with Stanford University Press, 2009

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978-0-8047-5879-6
Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962–1967 by Sergey Radchenko

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Using newly available archival sources, Two Suns in the Heavens 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 power struggle, ideology, personalities, and culture in Sino-Soviet relations.

Sergey Radchenko is a Fellow in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Sergey Radchenko

Sergey Radchenko

Global Fellow;
Professor of International Relations, Cardiff University
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