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- ISBN: 9780880334242 | 088033424X
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 8/1/1999
Exploring how the early 1970s were years of crucial significance in the bipolar world which prevailed until the collapse of the Soviet Union, this volume reveals this period as a stage of the decomposition of the Soviet empire. For the first time, the superpowers engaged in a voluntary dialogue to normalize their strained relations after some fifty years hostility and place their rivalries within a cooperative framework. As a privileged partner of the United States, the Soviet Union assumed the position of equality with the leading world power, a position which was exploited for political and moral advantage.