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1st Edition

Origins of People-to-People Diplomacy, U.S. and Russia, 1917-1957

ISBN 9781032042138
Published May 3, 2022 by Routledge
92 Pages

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Book Description

Although there have been many studies of U.S.–Soviet diplomacy in the twentieth century, most explorations of people-to-people diplomacy begin in the 1980s and to not take into account the early contacts in the revolutionary period and 1920s. This study explores in greater depth the religious figures, radical activists, entrepreneurs, engineers, social workers, and others in both the U.S. and the Soviet Union who reached across the barriers of ideology and culture and history to forge tentative but real human connections in an attempt to further better understanding between the two countries. All of these efforts prefigured the much more heralded "citizen diplomacy" efforts of the 1980s, which helped end the Cold War.

Table of Contents


  1. Early American Contacts with Soviet Russia
  2. Quakers and Bolsheviks, 1917-1931
  3. Social Gospel Origins
  4. YMCA, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Study Trips
  5. The 1930s: Fellow Travelers, Social Workers, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers
  6. 1940s and 1950s: From the Grand Alliance to the Cultural Agreement
  7. Looking Forward


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David W. McFadden is Professor of History at Fairfield University, where he has worked since 1990. He specializes in U.S. Foreign Policy and Russian History.