The conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union during
the Cold War has long been understood in a global context, but
Jeremy Friedman's Shadow Cold War
delves deeper into the era
to examine the competition between the Soviet Union and the
People's Republic of China for the leadership of the world
revolution. When a world of newly independent states emerged from
decolonization desperately poor and politically disorganized,
Moscow and Beijing turned their focus to attracting these new
entities, setting the stage for Sino-Soviet competition.
Based on archival research from ten countries, including new
materials from Russia and China, many no longer accessible to
researchers, this book examines how China sought to mobilize Asia,
Africa, and Latin America to seize the revolutionary mantle from
the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union adapted to win it back,
transforming the nature of socialist revolution in the process.
This groundbreaking book is the first to explore the significance
of this second Cold War that China and the Soviet Union fought in
the shadow of the capitalist-communist clash.