COLD WAR: The Advantages of Detours

While the rest of the world watched skeptically, the grim visage of Communism seemed to crinkle into a Sphinxlike smile. The most powerful tyranny the modern world has known showed signs of slackening its pressure, not only on the millions imprisoned by its Iron Curtain, but on the nations without. It was barely a month since Joseph Stalin died, yet in that short spell his heirs had launched a busy peace offensive. They talked of peace in more earnest-sounding tones than they had used since Litvinov's heyday. They made concessions where the...

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