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This e-book provides a finished reassessment of Europe within the chilly conflict interval, 1945-91. opposite to renowned trust, it exhibits that kinfolk among East and West have been established not just on war of words and mutual mistrust, but in addition on collaboration. The authors demonstrate that - regardless of opposing ideologies - there has been in truth significant interplay and alternate among assorted jap and Western actors (such states, companies, institutions, firms and members) without reference to the Iron Curtain. This publication demanding situations either the normal figuring out of the East-West juxtaposition and the relevancy of the Iron Curtain. masking the total interval, and taking into consideration more than a few spheres together with exchange, scientific-technical co-operation, and cultural and social exchanges, it finds how smaller international locations and smaller actors in Europe have been in a position to forge and enforce their agendas inside their very own blocs. The books means that given those lower-level actors engaged in together invaluable cooperation, frequently working counter to the objectives of the bloc-leaders, the foundations of chilly conflict interplay weren't, in fact,  completely dictated by way of the superpowers.

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This chapter focuses on the development of the Soviet–Finnish trade relations and processes within the economic relationship between Finland and the USSR during the Cold War. The quest for a reliable trade partner The assumption that, after the war, the USSR would have to engage in extensive and long-term economic, political and cultural cooperation was a key element in Soviet plans for the post-war world order. In addition to industrial raw materials, the USSR also needed modern machine technology, which it was counting on receiving primarily from the USA and England.

37 I shall probably never be sure of the authenticity of what I saw, but my judgement was that it was indeed genuine. It was all to do with the spetsinformatsiya (special information) system operated under the Soviet MilitaryIndustrial Commission (VPK) and involving, amongst other acquisition agencies, National Security Agency (KGB) Directorate T (for ‘Technology’): a report on the uses made in 1979 in 12 military-related industries; the The Soviet Union’s acquisition of Western technology after Stalin 29 equivalent report for the following year; a set of tasks for information acquisition in rocketry and space technology in 1981–85; a Directorate T report for 1980; and a table of 27 pages assembled by (I assume) French analysts, showing the ‘most critical’ acquisition tasks from two VPK plans.

Historiography at a Crossroads. University Press of Southern Denmark, 2004. 1 The Soviet Union’s acquisition of Western technology after Stalin Some thoughts on people and connections Philip Hanson Like other late-developing countries, the Soviet Union got part of its economic growth from the absorption and diffusion of technologies already in use in more advanced nations. During the Cold War this was an especially contentious process. My aim in this chapter is to give an account of some of the actors and actions involved in technology transfer in that period, both those actors and actions involved in cooperation across the East–West divide and some of what might euphemistically be called unilateral activity – in other words spying.

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