This title was first published in 2002: Designed as a research text for academics in higher education and interested practitioners, this volume weaves together an original strand of international relations theory with key empirical case studies of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Sweden, and their attitudes towards the Soviet Union. Original in nature and composition, the book deals with aspects of predictability in foreign policy and gauges the level of impact that international events have on domestic levels of awareness. The hypothesis and the typology are solid, giving the book its strong analytical structure. In sum, this book is cutting edge. It will be of great use as a research text to those studying the countries of Western Europe, and also those with an interest in Russia and the Soviet Union. Given its strong theoretical content and its choices of case study, this cross-disciplinary text is also suitable for area studies in general.
’Professor Hallenberg’s original and careful investigation sheds new light not only on the analysis of foreign policy but also on the utility of social science scholarship for future-oriented purposes. His empirical study of the attempts of contemporary politicians, journalists, and academics in the West to come to grips with the implications of the Gorbachev phenomenon should be essential reading for people in all three categories.’ Kjell Goldmann, Professor of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden
Contents: Introduction; The setting: relations with the Soviet Union, Sovietology and an historical outline; Official analysis of the Soviet Union 1985-1991; The analysis of Gorbachev’s foreign policy in eight elite newspapers; The Sovietologists; Conclusion: to analyze the collapse of a state; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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