The Concept of Neutrality in Stalin’s Foreign Policy, 1945-1953

The twenty-fourth book, The Concept of Neutrality in Stalin's Foreign Policy, 1945–1953 by Peter Ruggenthaler, draws on declassified Soviet, Austrian, and German documents to assess how the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin viewed the concept of neutrality in Europe.  Ruggenthaler shows that Stalin never was comfortable with the idea of neutrality and never seriously entertained the possibility of a truly neutral Germany outside Soviet occupation.  The book touches on broader issues of the origins of the Cold War. A review by on the H-Diplo website praised the book as “an important assessment of Stalin’s foreign policy” and “a breakthrough in our understanding of the early Cold War.”