Unwanted Visionaries: The Soviet Failure in Asia at the End of the Cold War

Sergey Radchenko

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This book examines Soviet policy towards Asia in the 1980s. It brings bilateral narratives – accounts of Soviet relationships with China, India, Japan, and other Asian players – into a metanarrative showing how the Soviet leaders, from Brezhnev to Gorbachev, saw Asia as a theater for superpower contestation, and why their regional policies ultimately failed. The book is based on multilingual research in the archives of Russia, China, India, and other Asian and European countries, and on interviews with policymakers, including several presidents and prime ministers. Weaving these untapped sources into a novel interpretative framework required years of intensive research and writing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages416
ISBN (Print)9780199938773, 0199938776
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameOxford Studies in International History


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