Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962-1967

By
Sergey Radchenko
Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962–1967 by Sergey Radchenko

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Using recently declassified archival sources from Russia, China, Mongolia, the United States, and other countries, Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962–1967 examines the dramatic deterioration of relations between the USSR and China in the 1960s, whereby once powerful allies became estranged, competitive, and increasingly hostile neighbors.

Sergey Radchenko’s authoritative account of these years shows how the intrinsic inequality of the Sino-Soviet alliance—seen as entirely natural by the Russians but bitterly resented by the Chinese—resulted in its ultimate collapse. Through a careful and comprehensive investigation of policymaking in both Moscow and Beijing, Radchenko creates a new framework for understanding the role of ideology, personalities, and culture in Sino-Soviet relations and the power struggle between the two communist powers.

Sergey Radchenko is a fellow with the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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