The POW Problem in Russia: Justification for Allied Intervention, 1918-1920
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The thesis is an in-depth study of the official American justification for intervention in Russia from 1918-1920, based on an analysis of State Department dispatches on Russia from 1917 to 1920. The majority of the evidence comes from primary sources. Subject treatment provides background on POWs during WWI, traces the evolution of the war prisoner threat, and analyzes the POW problem on American relations with Russia during WWI and after the Allied armistice with the Central Powers. The State Department messages and the volume of traffic provide an accurate indication of the influence which the POW problem had on American policy formulation towards Russia and the relationship between policy and critical international events. Message analysis provides insight into the roles of key American officials in Russian policy development. The POW threat was the basis for American intervention and continued to be the justification for U.S. presence in Russia until 1920.
- Government and Political Science