William E. Griffith

William E. Griffith was the Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT.

  • The World and the Great-Power Triangles

    The World and the Great-Power Triangles

    William E. Griffith

    The coming of Sino-U.S. and Soviet-U.S. détente in the early 1970's and the resulting shift in international relationships produced a revolution in world diplomacy whose repercussions are still being felt. The World and the Great-Power Triangles sets up a framework for describing this dramatic change in global affairs in terms of its implications for regional politics in key areas of the world.In the introductory chapter, William E. Griffith analyzes events leading to the breakup of the alignment of the cold war era and the reaarangement of the great powers into two triangles: a political-military grouping made up of the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. In each of the subsequent chapters, a well-known writer on international affairs discusses the operation of this "triangular world politics" in his particular are of expertise. The authors' analyses of recent history and current events illuminate the complex ways in which national and international politics interact. The book brings together a wealth of data and provides a survey that should be of use to scholars and students of world affairs.

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  • The Sino-Soviet Rift

    William E. Griffith

    The Sino-Soviet rift, says William E. Griffith, is the single most significant ideological split since the Reformation in the 16th century. Not merely a matter of a “backyard fight” among the Communist states, the formidable consequences of the cleavage are being mirrored in the foreign policy actions of neutral and Western nations as well.

    A chronological summary, analysis, and documentation of the developments in the Sino-Soviet dispute between February, 1962 and November, 1963, the book includes a history of the dispute, the reintensification of the dispute because of the Cuban and Sino-Indian crises, the five Communist congresses in Europe between November, 1962, and January, 1963, the exchange of letters leading up to the Sino-Soviet meeting of July, 1963, the signature of the Test Ban Treaty, and the aftermath of both events.

    The Sino-Soviet Rift was written under the sponsorship of The China Quarterly, and is a publication in the series Studies in International Communism, by the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Sino-Soviet Relations, 1964–1965

    Sino-Soviet Relations, 1964–1965

    William E. Griffith

    Beginning with a detailed analysis of all aspects of Sino-Soviet relations from November 1963 through November 1965, this summary takes up where the author's The Sino-Soviet Rift left off and, like it, includes the text of, or key excerpts from, the main documents of the period.

    This book first deals with Khrushchev's unsuccessful attempt to reactivate the collective expulsion or condemnation of the Chinese by an overwhelming majority of the world Communist movement, the Chinese gains arising from his failure, and the resultant growth of pluralistic tendencies among his supporters. After Khrushchev's fall, the book turns to the more indirect and therefore more successful policies of Brezhnev and Kosygin against the Chinese.

    Beginning with the seventh Chinese "Comment," the documentation includes Togliatti's Testament and the April 1964 Romanian Central Committee Statement and concludes with the October 27, 1965, Pravda restatement of post-Khrushchev foreign policy and the November 11, 1965, Chinese attack on Moscow's "united front" policy on the Vietnam crisis.

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  • Communism in Europe, Volume 2

    Continuity, Change and the Sino-Soviet Dispute: East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Norway, Finland

    William E. Griffith

    This is the second of four collective volumes on the interaction of the developments in European communism and the Sino-Soviet dispute. Its intention is to illuminate in depth and time the interaction between domestic and Sino-Soviet developments within the European Communist states and parties. It deals specifically with East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Forthcoming volumes cover the French and Romanian Communist parties.

    Policies in Moscow have declined in importance as causes of change. Instead, history sociology, differing stages of economic and political development, personalities, and accidents have come to play a much more traditional role in the development of events. By November 1965, nationalism had become the prime dynamic for change, and rapidly increasing Communist pluralism began to dominate the European Communist scene.

    The rapid decline in Soviet prestige, influence, and authority has had two primary causes: first, Soviet internal and foreign policy developments (de-Stalinization and the Sino-Soviet rift), and second, the rising power and influence of the United States and Western Europe. Both volumes 1 and 2 examine the present state of European communism and set forth some provisional hypotheses concerning the course of its development. Contributors to each volume bring to their task highly specialized national, linguistic, and on-the-scene familiarity with their subjects.

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  • Communism in Europe, Volume 1

    Continuity, Change and the Sino-Soviet Dispute: Hungary, Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia

    William E. Griffith

    Little systematic research has been published either on the great changes in European Communism since Stalin's death or on the much more recent Sino-Soviet rift and its impact on the European Communist parties. Although the immediate occasion of this book is the relatively new factor of Sino-Soviet tension, the larger part of each chapter is devoted to internal developments within a particular country and its party. This book is the first of a two-volume study of European Communism and deals specifically with Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, and Italy. The second volume, to be published at a later date, will similarly examine East Germany, France, and Czechoslovakia.

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  • Winter In Prague

    Documents on Czechoslovak Communism in Crisis

    Robin Alison Remington

    The original sources compiled in this volume, many of which have not previously been available in English, will allow students of communism to examine more closely both the substance of change in Czechoslovakia prior to Soviet intervention in August 1968 and the subsequent disarray in the international Communist movement.

    Robin Remington has selected documents to show, first, what was actually happening in Czechoslovakia before invasion. Ow had what George Modelski calls “Communist culture” with its own literature, symbols, and ritual behavior declined in Prague? This section includes major statements on such questions as freedom of the press, the role of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, Czech-Slovak constitutional federation, the importance of interest groups within a Communist state, and the controversial Action Program of the new Dubcek government.

    The second and third sections of the book contain papers on Czechoslovak liberalization and orthodox response. The documents show increasingly concerned Soviet and East European reactions, pressures put on Prague, and negotiations, which, failing, led to invasion.

    The book's fourth section deals with the invasion and the split in world communism. It shows postinvasion justification from Moscow combined with deviant reactions from other Communist parties. Specifically, documents demonstrate where parties normally so far apart as the Chinese and the French stood in relation to the invasion, and they discuss reverberations in Yugoslavia and Rumania, Cuba, North Vietnam, and Italy.

    The text includes six cartoons from Czechoslovak journals, seventy-two documents, and thirty-five commentaries by Robin Remington, who is Research Associate in Communist Studies, M.I.T. Center for International Studies.

    Winter in Prague is the fourteenth book in the Studies in Communism, Revisionism, and Revolution series, William E. Griffith, general editor.

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