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What People are Saying

“This book addresses a subject on which almost nothing is available on the Russian side, and so it covers a very important ‘blank spot of history’.”—Svetlana Savranskaya, George Washington University

“For the first time, this book uncovers flaws in Soviet policy toward Africa, inherent weaknesses relating to the lack of resources and imagination, bureaucratic impediments and ignorance, which led eventually to failure to compete with the United States for the ‘hearts and minds’ of Africans.”—Ilya Gaiduk, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences

Chapter List

Series Preface, James G. Hershberg



1. Building Bridges, 1956–1959

2. Achievements and Failures in the “Year of Africa,” 1960

3. Seeking More Pragmatic Approaches, 1961–1962

4. The Struggle for the Soul of the West African Elite,1963–1964

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