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“A short summary cannot do justice to this book’s richness. Radchenko’s mastery of Soviet archives is outstanding … [A] very fine monograph.”—Xiaojia Hou, China Review International

“Reading this interesting and well-balanced history of five crucial years in Sino-Soviet diplomacy is like watching a slow-motion train wreck, as the reader becomes an eyewitness to relations declining from bad to worse between the two socialists superpowers.”—Bruce A. Elleman, The Russian Review

“In this richly, eloquently written book, Radchenko provides an in-depth, incisive assessment of the turbulent relationship between Beijing and Moscow against a broad international backdrop from 1962 to 1976.… His study in large measures transcends conventional interpretations and enriches the current scholarship on Sino-Soviet relations.”—G. Zheng, Choice

“[Two Suns in the Heavens] succeeds in using a broad range of new materials to produce an unusually nuanced and insightful analysis of Soviet management of the dispute, as well as a provocative new [analysis] of Mao’s approach to it.”—Steven M. Goldstein, China Prespectives

“This book is an excellent addition to the burgeoning literature on the international relations of the communist bloc during the Cold War.”—Nicholas Khoo, International Affairs

“…the book is a real contribution to our understanding of the period and its main actors.”—The China Journal

“Making excellent use of new archival materials, Sergey Radchenko illuminates a topic that we have known only in general outlines. Two Suns in the Heavens gives us a very fine understanding of the texture of the Sino-Soviet relationship, and of its twists and turns.”—David Holloway,Stanford University

Two Suns in the Heavens represents a major contribution to the study of Sino-Soviet relations as well as the study of Cold War international history.”—Chen Jian, Cornell University

Chapter List

Series Preface
James G. Hershberg



1. Who Betrayed the Revolution?

2. One Mess of a Communist Movement

3. The China Debate and the Vietnam War

4. Enemies


Appendix: Selected Documents

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