Containing Coexistence: America, Russia and the Finnish Solution, 1945-56 (American Diplomatic History) Hardcover – 31 May 1997
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About the Author
Jussi M. Hanhimaki is Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. An editor of the journal Cold War History, he is the author or co-author of six books, including The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign
Policy. He won the 2002 Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
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This study sheds light into the economic issues of East-West trade practised by Finland throughout the Cold War period. The study also touches on the Finnish neutrality and how it was viewed by the Americans and the Soviet Union. Hanhimaki explains the difficulties encountered by the Finnish Presidents J.K. Paasikivi and U.K. Kekkonen as they were balancing between the East and the West.
The neutral Nordic zone of Finland and Sweden was a sore point for the Americans as it demonstrated the possibility of coexistence between communism and the 'free-world' countries. The Soviet Union, according to Hanhimaki, was in fact promoting the peaceful coexistence between the East and the West. The American response to this policy was rather suspicious as they believed it to be a strategy of the Soviet Union to create a false sense of security among the western European states. The Americans believed, as Hanhimaki argues, that the Soviet Union's goal was to achieve communist world domination and they used the promotion of neutrality and non-alignment as a tool to attain this goal.Read more ›
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Probably the part of the book most relevant to students of the Cold War is the first section, which explains how Finland became the sole success story of Yalta. Soviet foreign policy toward Finland is assessed as having been primarily driven by security concerns.
I personally wonder if Hanhimaki gives Finland's leadership too much credit for avoiding absorption into the Soviet bloc. It would seem that the weakness of Finland's communists, the Soviet choice not to advance into Finland in 1944, and the consolidation of Cold War tensions in Central Europe probably did more to shape Moscow's policy than did President Paasikivi's prudent policy. Clearly Helsinki played its cards very carefully and with real success, but I wonder to what extent the outcome was already determined by external events.
In any case, this is an excellent book by a capable and eloquent scholar. It might have benefited from more evidence on the Soviet side, but this is understandly harder to secure.
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