Military Conflicts Between Communist States: Geopolitical Realities and the Realization of a Communist Peace




international relations, geopolitics, military conflicts, communist peace theory


Despite historical perceptions of systemic communist-capitalist bipolarity in the Cold War world order, the international communist system was nevertheless affected by the same geopolitical realities that influenced the international system as a whole. By examining the seven cases of military conflicts between communist states from 1945 to 1991 – the Soviet invasion of Hungary (1956), the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia (1968), the Sino-Soviet border conflict (1969), the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia (1978-1989), the Chinese invasion of Vietnam (1979), the Somali invasion of Ethiopia (1977-1978), and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (1979-1989) – this article challenges both the notions of Cold War bipolarity between communist and capitalist systems as well as the Marxist theory of peaceful coexistence between communist states.

Author Biography

Kacper Grass, University of Tennessee

Absolwent nauk politycznych i iberystycznych uniwersytetu w Tennessee (licencjat) oraz nauk politycznych w Autonomous University of Barcelona (magisterium). Pracuje jako redaktor w holenderskim think tanku Factory for Innovative Policy Solutions. Równocześnie jest doktorantem nauk politycznych na uniwersytecie w Tennessee, Knoxville. Jego zainteresowania koncentrują się na stosunkach międzynarodowych badanych z zastosowaniem porównawczej analizy historycznej.


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How to Cite

Grass, K. . (2022). Military Conflicts Between Communist States: Geopolitical Realities and the Realization of a Communist Peace. Studia Historyczne, 62(3 (247), 77–98.