Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War by Stephen F. Cohen | 9780231148979 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War

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by Stephen F. Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231148976

ISBN-13: 9780231148979

Pub. Date: 07/05/2011

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In this wide-ranging and acclaimed book, Stephen F. Cohen challenges conventional wisdom about the course of Soviet and post-Soviet history. Reexamining leaders from Nikolai Bukharin, Stalin's preeminent opponent, and Nikita Khrushchev to Mikhail Gorbachev and his rival Yegor Ligachev, Cohen shows that their defeated policies were viable alternatives and that their

Overview

In this wide-ranging and acclaimed book, Stephen F. Cohen challenges conventional wisdom about the course of Soviet and post-Soviet history. Reexamining leaders from Nikolai Bukharin, Stalin's preeminent opponent, and Nikita Khrushchev to Mikhail Gorbachev and his rival Yegor Ligachev, Cohen shows that their defeated policies were viable alternatives and that their tragic personal fates shaped the Soviet Union and Russia today. Cohen's ramifying arguments include that Stalinism was not the predetermined outcome of the Communist Revolution; that the Soviet Union was reformable and its breakup avoidable; and that the opportunity for a real post-Cold War relationship with Russia was squandered in Washington, not in Moscow. This is revisionist history at its best, compelling readers to rethink fateful events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and the possibilities ahead.

In his new epilogue, Cohen expands his analysis of U.S. policy toward post-Soviet Russia, tracing its development in the Clinton and Obama administrations and pointing to its initiation of a "new Cold War" that, he implies, has led to a fateful confrontation over Ukraine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231148979
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
464,730
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Alternatives and Fates1. Bukharin's Fate2. The Victims Return: Gulag Survivors Since Stalin3. The Tragedy of Soviet Conservatism4. Was the Soviet System Reformable? 5. The Fate of the Soviet Union: Why Did It End? 6. Gorbachev's Lost Legacies7. Who Lost the Post-Soviet Peace? About the NotesNotesIndex

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