A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev / Edition 1

A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev / Edition 1

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by Vladislav M. Zubok
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807830984

ISBN-13: 9780807830987

Pub. Date: 09/24/2007

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In this widely praised book, Vladislav Zubok argues that Western interpretations of the Cold War have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the

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In this widely praised book, Vladislav Zubok argues that Western interpretations of the Cold War have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the twentieth century. Using recently declassified Politburo records, ciphered telegrams, diaries, and taped conversations, among other sources, Zubok offers the first work in English to cover the entire Cold War from the Soviet side. A Failed Empire provides a history quite different from those written by the Western victors. In a new preface for this edition, the author adds to our understanding of today's events in Russia, including who the new players are and how their policies will affect the state of the world in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807830987
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/24/2007
Series:
New Cold War History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition: Russia's Revenge ix

Preface xxiii

Abbreviations xxix

1 The Soviet People and Stalin between War and Peace, 1945 1

2 Stalin's Road to the Cold War, 1945-1948 29

3 Stalemate in Germany, 1945-1953 62

4 Kremlin Politics and "Peaceful Coexistence," 1953-1957 94

5 The Nuclear Education of Khrushchev, 1953-1963 123

6 The Soviet Home Front: First Cracks, 1953-1968 163

7 Brezhnev and the Road to Detente, 1965-1972 192

8 Detente's Decline and Soviet Overreach, 1973-1979 227

9 The Old Guard's Exit, 1980-1987 265

10 Gorbachev and the End of Soviet Power, 1988-1991 303

Epilogue 336

Notes 345

Bibliography 417

Index 455

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