From Encroachment to Involvement
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During the past three decades, the USSR has attempted various kinds of political, military, economic, and cultural infiltration into the Middle East. Since the mid-fifties it has succeeded in establishing a continuous Soviet presence there.The book by Ro'i portrays and delineates Soviet Middle Eastern policies and methods of their implementation from 1945 to 1973. The author's primary aim is to classify and survey, as comprehensively as possible, the Soviet stand on the main events and developments in Middle Eastern history during the past three decades.This annotated survey of Soviet theory and practice in the Middle East presents the reader with a rich variety of original documents, mainly Soviet. They are carefully explained so that their context, background, and significance are highlighted. Supplementary notes, references, and bibliographies are also provided.