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The origins of the Cold War are to be found in the conflict between British and American aims in postwar Greece. This is the thesis of Frazier's detailed and well-argued analysis of Balkan diplomacy. Frazier (emeritus, University of Nottingham) asserts that the British decision to withdraw from Greece led to the Truman Doctrine, and that the Doctrine marked the actual beginning of the Cold War. He presents the possibility that British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin deliberately drew the US into European politics to counter the Soviet Union, although Frazier does admit that the financial crisis in the UK alone would have forced the British to abandon Greece. This book is a thorough examination of a complex problem. Frazier indicts both Churchill and Roosevelt for stubborn adherence to outmoded concepts. Although he spreads blame for the failure of Greek policy, Frazier believes the US bears the greater responsibility. He suggests a more realistic approach to the problem of the Greek king's return and better monitoring of the popular plebescite might have prevented the debacle. Footnotes and an excellent bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-I. M. Roth, Foothill College
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