Shock wrote: RedBstrd wrote:
EnigmaticOne wrote:May I ask what you're up to in India?
I'm doing historical research for my dissertation. I work on Indo-Soviet relations.
Well that's something I never really thought about. I assume a good deal of it revolves around China?
Perhaps surprisingly, my work doesn't really revolve around China. If I was only interested in high politics or military relations, it definitely would. In 1960-61, China's a big issue due to the Sino-Soviet split, as it is during the Indian-Chinese war of 1962, but people have written about those events in pretty good detail. I'm trying to look at "soft power" and public/cultural diplomacy (diplomacy other than the traditional "carrot and stick" tools for shaping policy of foreign nations) between the Soviet Union and India. The topic probably sounds pretty weird to most non-historians (and then still to a lot of us) because of how differently the Soviet Union tried to handle some of its relations with neutral countries than what major powers have been doing since the fall of the Soviet Union.
When giving background info in my dissertation, I'll have to write a lot about China but it really shouldn't have much of anything that's my own original research.