Distant Friends: The Evolution of United States-Russian Relations, 1763-1867

Distant Friends The Evolution of United States Russian Relations We began as friends Then followed nearly a century of suspicion and hostility Now thanks to glasnost and a thaw in the Cold War relations between the United States and the Soviet Union have nearly c

  • Title: Distant Friends: The Evolution of United States-Russian Relations, 1763-1867
  • Author: Norman E. Saul
  • ISBN: 9780700604388
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We began as friends Then followed nearly a century of suspicion and hostility Now, thanks to glasnost and a thaw in the Cold War, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union have nearly come full circle we re almost friends again In the initial volume of a three volume series, historian Norman Saul presents the first comprehensive survey of early Russian AWe began as friends Then followed nearly a century of suspicion and hostility Now, thanks to glasnost and a thaw in the Cold War, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union have nearly come full circle we re almost friends again In the initial volume of a three volume series, historian Norman Saul presents the first comprehensive survey of early Russian American relations by an American scholar Drawing upon secondary and documentary publications as well as archival materials from the United States, the Soviet Union, and Britain, he reveals a wealth of new detail about contacts between the two countries between the American Revolutionary War and the purchase of Alaska in 1867 By weaving personal experiences into analysis of the basic trends, Saul provides a fuller understanding of Soviet American experience His conclusion That the early relationships diplomatic, cultural, scientific, economic, and personal between the two countries were extensive than had been reported before, important, and congenial In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the U.S and Russia had a lot in common, Saul notes, and many of those similarities persist today Both countries, in part because of geographic size, faced problems in developing their natural resources Both countries were economically dependent on systems of forced labor slavery in the U.S and serfdom in Russia Reform resulted in freedom without land for American slaves, and land without freedom for the serfs Then, as now, Russia looked to the U.S for help with technology Saul shows that differences also persist The United States was geographically isolated and developed in relative peace, while Russia developed within the reach of the European powers and, consequently, worried about defense As is still the case, Russian government seemed apallingly autocratic to those whose rights were guaranteed by the U.S constitution, and deal making between citizens of the two countries was hampered by the Russians belief that Americans were materialistic and deceitful, and by Americans notion that Russians were slow, bureaucratic, and expected to be bribed At a time when United States Soviet relations have taken yet another dramatic turn, it is important than ever to trace and to understand the history of the relationship of these two countries As Saul shows clearly, parallel developments of the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth centuries in some ways foreshadow parallel development into the two superpowers in the mid twentieth.

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    1. Norman E. Saul

      Norman E Saul is Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Kansas.

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