HOCHMAN, Jiri. Cornell Studies in Security Affairs.
Title: Soviet Union and the Failure of Collective Security, 1934-1938. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1984, ISBN:0801416558
Seller ID: 113650
HOCHMAN, Jiri. The Soviet Union and the Failure of Collective Security, 1934-1938. Ithaca and London : Cornell University Press, (1984). First Printing. Pp. (6),7-253,(3). 8vo, orange cloth with black lettering to spine. A volume in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series. "Jiri Hochman focuses on an important episode in the diplomatic history of the Soviet Union and Europe: the collapse of the interwar collective security system. His bookilluminates the workings of Soviet foreign policy and delineates the role of the Soviet Union in the overall failure of Europe's effort to maintain peace in the 1930s. Making use of important documents -- many only recently accessible -- Jiri Hochman traces the Soviet Union's participation in collective security from its entry into the League of Nations in 1934, through the failure of its alliances in 1935, to the Munich crisis in 1938. Hochman reconstructs this critical period in diplomatic history, examining Soviet relations with Germany, the Western democracies, France, and Czechoslovakia,and notes as well the impact of internal affairs on collective security. H ochman's study of Soviet actions and ideological and strategic motivations points to the conclusion that the USSR was never seriously committed to itsalliance with France, but instead sought to stabliize its own internal pow er structure and renew a close relationship with Germany -- an orientation that had catastrophic international consequences." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. The Dissolution of the 'Special Relationship'; 2. The French Connection; 3. On the Access to Battlefields: The Passage Problem; 4. The Comintern and the Short Life of the United Front; 5. Germany and Russia, 1934-1937: Not-So-Incompatible Adversaries; 6. The Great Purges and Collective Security; 7. The Soviet Union and the Crisis of 1938: The Politics of Withdrawal. With appendices, bibliography, and index. Very good in lightly dampstained (rear panel; not affecting board) dustjacket. 60.00