Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War [NOOK Book]

Overview

With conflicts again dividing Russia and the United States, the need for balanced, accessible scholarship that benefits from new materials and critical perspectives is imperative. In seven lucid, groundbreaking essays, Stephen F. Cohen questions many conventional assumptions about the course of Soviet history, the fall of communism, and the effect of Russia's policies at home and abroad.

Written for specialists and general readers, Cohen's essays are framed by a chronological ...

See more details below
Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$19.54
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$22.99 List Price

Overview

With conflicts again dividing Russia and the United States, the need for balanced, accessible scholarship that benefits from new materials and critical perspectives is imperative. In seven lucid, groundbreaking essays, Stephen F. Cohen questions many conventional assumptions about the course of Soviet history, the fall of communism, and the effect of Russia's policies at home and abroad.

Written for specialists and general readers, Cohen's essays are framed by a chronological narrative that focuses on key turning points and lost alternatives. Beginning with Stalin's preeminent challenger and victim, Nikolai Bukharin, and the unexpected return of millions of survivors of Stalin's terror under Nikita Khrushchev, Cohen shows how their tragic fates shaped the latter-day Soviet Union. Turning to more recent events, he examines the political fates of the Soviet system's greatest reformer, Mikhail Gorbachev, and his leading conservative rival, Yegor Ligachev. Through these figures, Cohen raises even more provocative issues, including his argument that the Soviet Union was capable of reform and that its breakup was not inevitable. Most urgently, in two concluding chapters Cohen argues that Washington was the first to squander the opportunity for a fundamentally new U.S.-Russian relationship after the Cold War, and he presents a radically new approach for achieving a necessary partnership with today's Russia.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

World Policy Blog - David A. Andelman

Cohen offers us a lesson, and a solution that is at once simple and of priceless value.

Current History - William W. Finan Jr.

[George] Kennan's understanding of the Russian state... has proved to have enormous currency over time. Cohen's views should be given similar credence.

New York Review of Books - Amy Knight

Provocative and insightful.

Russian Review - Archie Brown

Well written and vigorously argued.

Foreign Policy in Focus - Rehanna Jones-Boutaleb

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives finds its stride in Cohen's ability to challenge conventional wisdom on the causes and consequences of major turning points in Soviet and post-Soviet history.

Montreal Review - Lars T. Lih

this is one of the first books I would put into the hands of someone who wanted to get a good sense of what the Soviet Union was all about.

Slavonic and East European Review - Denis Kozlov

Cohen's book is a superbly informed, astute and thought-provoking analysis of late Soviet politics and history.

Journal of Modern History - Nanci Adler

Among the many strengths of Soviet Fates is not just Stephen Cohen's longtimedepth of expertise but his unrivalled storytelling ability and, perhaps above all, hisrazor-sharp insider observations based on personal exchanges, interviews, and experienceswith key actors...

World Policy Blog
Cohen offers us a lesson, and a solution that is at once simple and of priceless value.

— David A. Andelman

Current History
[George] Kennan's understanding of the Russian state... has proved to have enormous currency over time. Cohen's views should be given similar credence.

— William W. Finan Jr.

New York Review of Books
Provocative and insightful.

— Amy Knight

Russian Review
Well written and vigorously argued.

— Archie Brown

The Nation

Cohen... brings his study of Soviet and Russian political developments to the doorstep of the White House, to powerful effect.

Slavic Review

An extraordinarily rich book... an absolutely vital beginning point for anyone interested in a serious study of political and foreign policy developments involving Russia.

Foreign Policy in Focus
Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives finds its stride in Cohen's ability to challenge conventional wisdom on the causes and consequences of major turning points in Soviet and post-Soviet history.

— Rehanna Jones-Boutaleb

Montreal Review
this is one of the first books I would put into the hands of someone who wanted to get a good sense of what the Soviet Union was all about.

— Lars T. Lih

Slavonic and East European Review
Cohen's book is a superbly informed, astute and thought-provoking analysis of late Soviet politics and history.

— Denis Kozlov

Journal of Modern History
Among the many strengths of Soviet Fates is not just Stephen Cohen's longtimedepth of expertise but his unrivalled storytelling ability and, perhaps above all, hisrazor-sharp insider observations based on personal exchanges, interviews, and experienceswith key actors...

— Nanci Adler

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231520423
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 577,863
  • File size: 17 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Stephen F. Cohen is professor of Russian studies and history at New York University and professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University. His books include Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography; Rethinking the Soviet Experience: Politics and History Since 1917; Sovieticus: American Perceptions and Soviet Realities; and Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia.

Read More Show Less

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

Columbia University Press

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 30, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Highly recommended...antidote to media over simplifications of complex issues.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)