Book Discussion: After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War
15 August 2011
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson Center
Shen Zhihua, director of the Center for Cold War International History Studies at East China Normal University (ECNU) will discuss his latest book After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War which traces the rise and fall of the Sino-Soviet alliance between 1949 and 1973, emphasizing tension over the Korean and Vietnam wars. Underscoring the theme of inherent conflict within the communist movement, this book shows that while that movement was an international campaign with an imposing theory and an impressive party structure, it was also a collection of sovereign states with disparate national interests. This book explains how this dissonance was further complicated by the unequal development of the Chinese and Soviet states and their communist parties, and traces some of China's actions to Mao's grasping at leadership of the communist movement after the death of Stalin.
Joining Shen Zhihua on the panel will be Li Danhui, research fellow at the Oriental Historical Research Association, Beijing, Chen Jian, senior scholar at the Cold War International History Project, and Jonathan D. Pollack, senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution.
Christian Ostermann, director of the History and Public Policy Program will chair this event.
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