Nation: How We Got Here

Moments that shaped U.S. and Soviet views

In the six decades since the October Revolution, the relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union have provided a long drama of violent antipathy alternating with uneasy reconciliation. "Bolshevism," said one early observer, "means chaos, wholesale murder, the complete destruction of civilization." In 1918, Woodrow Wilson even sent some 15,000 American troops to support Allied forces fighting against the Bolsheviks in northern Russia and eastern Siberia. But within three years, the American Relief Administration under Herbert Hoover was pouring food and medical supplies into famine-ridden...

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