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Those conclusions on which we do generally agree may, at least in part, be attributed to all of us approaching the historical record intent on unwrapping those presentations that we have encountered. This introduction provides a chronological overview of the period and brief looks into the main issues discussed in the individual chapters. The chronology that come out of the new Russian and Chinese sources is different from the periodization so far employed by Western scholars not only was the alliance effective for considerably longer than what has been believed so far, but the practical cooperation started earlier and was broader in scope than many of us thought.

The editor and the authors wish to thank scholars and archivists in China and Russia who made this book possible. A special thanks is due to the former head of the Foreign Ministry Archives in Moscow, Dr. Igor Lebedev, and the head of the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, Professor Wang Jisi. Thanks also to the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Hong Kong University (especially Priscilla Roberts), and the Louis Cha Fund for East-West Studies for organizing and funding a conference in Hong Kong in January 1996 at which several of the chapters were presented in draft.

10 Social realism in art and realism as a school of thought in the study of international relations have something in common. Their best practitioners can show a structure or a situation with perfect clarity and provide an image that convinces and, in some cases, inspires. But neither of them can penetrate the surface of the image and make us wonder about the complex ideas that uphold it. This is why we, at least at this stage, should emphasize multidimensional interpretation in history as well as in art.

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