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'We are virtually at war with Russia': Britain and the Cold War in East Asia, 1923-40

By Antony Best


Despite the fact that the Bolshevik Revolution took place in 1917, the Cold War is typically seen as a conflict that only emerged in the aftermath of the Second World War. This paper questions that orthodox interpretation by studying the tense relations that existed in the inter-war period between Britain and the Soviet Union. In particular it looks at Anglo-Soviet rivalry in East Asia in the mid-1920s when the Comintern inspired the Kuomintang in China to challenge British commercial interests in that country and the consequences that this competition had for relations down to 1940 and beyond

Topics: D839 Post-war History, 1945 on, DA Great Britain, DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics, JZ International relations
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1080/14682745.2011.569436
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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