In A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc , Sheldon Anderson uses recently declassified documents from Polish and East German communist party and foreign ministry archives to examine the interplay of national interests with the exigencies of communist party relations within the Soviet bloc during the Cold War. Anderson explores how Polish-East German relations were strained over the permanence of the Oder-Neisse border, the correct road to socialism, German repatriation from Poland, and trade policy he provides an inside account of the heated debates that seriously divided the Polish and East German communists.Anderson delves into how and why the rift culminated in the return of the anti-Stalinist Wladyslaw Gomulka in October 1956, and he delineates how the Polish-East German conflict undermined the unity of the Soviet bloc on its most strategic flank. In doing so, he reveals the persistence of nationalism and ethnic prejudice in the former communist countries. In this timely text, Anderson pinpoints how nationalism has reemerged as a powerful political force following the end of the Cold War. With A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc , Anderson markedly fills the gap in the existing scholarship on postwar relations between the countries of East Europe.
Sheldon Anderson is an Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in History, and he specializes in Cold War diplomacy and East Central European history. He has published several books and articles on related subjects. Anderson is a recipient of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies Grant, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant, the Fulbright-Hayes Grant to Czechoslovakia, and the University of Minnesota Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.