Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold Warby Stephen F. Cohen
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… See more details below
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.
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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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I recommend this book, especially the last chapter, as antidote to Western media over-simplifications to which a rather large portion of the progressive as well as right-wing media have been prone. Cohen knows Soviet-era and post-soviet Russian politics better than the vast majority of non-Russians. He warned that U.S. policy to expand NATO eastward would provoke resistance in Russia, as it clearly has done over the Ukraine. .The book is valuable in offering a sense of political and diplomatic history in which not everything is inevitable, where political leaders face real alternatives, and opportunities can be well used or lost.