America's Secret War against Bolshevism: U.S. Intervention by David S. Foglesong

By David S. Foglesong

From the Russian revolutions of 1917 to the tip of the Civil conflict in 1920, Woodrow Wilson's management sought to oppose the Bolsheviks in numerous covert methods. Drawing on formerly unavailable American and Russian archival fabric, David Foglesong chronicles either side of this mystery conflict and divulges a brand new measurement to the 1st years of the U.S.-Soviet contention. Foglesong explores the evolution of Wilson's ambivalent attitudes towards socialism and revolution earlier than 1917 and analyzes the social and cultural origins of yank anti-Bolshevism. limited via his espousal of the main of self-determination, by means of idealistic public sentiment, and by means of congressional regulations, Wilson needed to depend on secretive how you can have an effect on the process the Russian Civil struggle. The management supplied covert monetary and army relief to anti-Bolshevik forces, verified clandestine secret agent networks, hid the needs of restricted army expeditions to northern Russia and Siberia, and introduced ostensibly humanitarian tips to infantrymen combating to overthrow the Soviet govt. In flip, the Soviets constructed and secretly funded a propaganda crusade within the usa designed to mobilize public competition to anti-Bolshevik job, advertise American-Soviet financial ties, and win diplomatic attractiveness from Washington.

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