By J. Thomas Rimer

ISBN-10: 4770014775

ISBN-13: 9784770014771

Offers tale outlines, authors' biographies, and information for examining fifty chosen works of eastern literature from the classical and glossy classes.

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The more popular view of Soviet limitations places the emphasis on relative lack of the range of the resources of power. Specifically, it is argued that the Soviet Union spent too much on its military 88088c02 31 04/14/1999, 8:43 32 Superpowers in the Post-Cold War Era forces during the Cold War period. Certainly the comparative statistics for defence expenditure make illuminating reading. Averaged out over the Cold War period as a whole, American annual defence spending amounted to around 7 per cent of its Gross National Product.

They were the only two powers capable of destroying the world. The emphasis on the projection of power and influence survived as a central component of recognised superpower status during the Cold War years. This came increasingly to be connected with the ability to project on a global and not just a regional basis. For some, not least within its own political and military leadership circles, the Soviet Union did not become recognised as a full superpower until the 1960s and 1970s when it began to display an interest in influencing and intervening in areas beyond its own proximity, such as Africa and the Caribbean.

55 From about 1974 the Brezhnev leadership appears to have embarked on a drive to confirm the Soviet Union’s superpower status by increasing its role as a global power, specifically as a supporter of ‘national liberation movements’ in Africa and Latin America. In part, this was an opportunistic policy, taking advantage of perceptions of American weakness in the post-Vietnam and post-Watergate period. 56 Soviet ideological self-confidence was evidently still high during this period. 57 Again, it could be argued that the seeds of later problems were being sown.

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