By exploring the dynamics of the relationship between Nigeria and the USSR from the time of Nigeria's independence in 1960 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, this book presents a revisionist examination of the important yet often misinterpreted interplay between ideology and pragmatism in Third World-superpower interaction.
"This useful books focus on Africa brings to light for the first time a number of important behind-the-scenes developments on both sides and "in the shadow" of the Iron Curtain. Matusevichıs fresh analysis of the Cold War interaction between Nigeria and the Soviet Union has significant implications for reassessing the current international scene."
--Sergei N. Khrushchev, Senior Research Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
"Here is a book we have awaited for so long to disentangle the cobwebs covering our understanding of Nigerian-Soviet relations during the Cold War. Matusevich has adequately revealed the complicated history that we need to know, the actors and interests that we must consider, and the betrayal of ideologies that frustrate policies and dialogue. Generous and prodigious in data, engaging in its presentation and cogent in laying out its arguments, No Easy Row challenges a corpus of ideas on the Cold War and represents an outstanding achievement worthy of praise, attention, and emulation."
--Toyin Falola, Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor in History, University of Texas at Austin
"Matusevich is a fine, highly informed, clear-minded guide as he picks his way through the thirty years of ups and downs from the independence of a new Nigeria in 1960 to the independence of a new Russia in 1991."
--Robert Legvold, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Africa World Pr (September 2003)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces