The Cold War (Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union Series)

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The rise and fall of communism in the Soviet Union was a key event of the twentieth century. Spanning nine decades from the reign of the tsars through the overthrow of Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, it is a tale of oppression, rebellion, terror, and betrayal. It is the chronicle of a dream that failed, of a utopian vision turned to ashes. In The Cold War, the last of a four-book series covering the history of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the period between the end of World War II and the collapse of the ...
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Overview

The rise and fall of communism in the Soviet Union was a key event of the twentieth century. Spanning nine decades from the reign of the tsars through the overthrow of Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, it is a tale of oppression, rebellion, terror, and betrayal. It is the chronicle of a dream that failed, of a utopian vision turned to ashes. In The Cold War, the last of a four-book series covering the history of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the period between the end of World War II and the collapse of the Soviet Union makes for an exciting and fast-moving narrative. A volatile era, it was marked by a series of confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union and their various allies and satellites. Its key factors were an escalating arms race, a competition to conquer space, a dangerously belligerent form of diplomacy known as brinksmanship, and a series of small wars sometimes called police actions by the United States, and sometimes excused as defense measures by the Soviets.

This book describes the major personalities of those times and how they faced off against each other. Included are Winston Churchill calling Joseph Stalin's bluff with his "Iron Curtain" speech, Nikita Khrushchev vs. President Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis, Leonid Brezhnev and Mao Tse-tung pushing toward the verge of war, President Carter defying Brezhnev by arming the resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Reagan crossing swords with Mikhail Gorbachev over arms reduction, and many others. The international leaders are larger than life, and the world is their stage as the first Communist nation in history marches blindly toward its own destruction.

Focuses on Soviet politics in the period between the end of World War II and the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), known as the Cold War.

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Nearly the entire 20th century was consumed with the tense relations between the Soviet Union and the United States, and yet, most children have no comprehension of the danger that both countries faced. Despite the fact that the Soviet Union and the United States were allies during World War Two, the two countries' differing ideologies put them on a collusion course that could not be avoided. The build-up of nuclear weapons as well as the expansion of the Communist regimes into neighboring countries, both in Europe and Asia, created a dangerous situation for the entire world. Gottfried has presented a complete look at the Cold War, beginning immediately after the conclusion of World War Two and focusing on the leaders of the Soviet Union and the Communist parties in Eastern Europe right up to the climatic collapse of the Soviet Empire. Each leader of the USSR is profiled briefly and the major interactions with the United States are discussed in some detail. Period photos, as well as original artwork, appear throughout along with relevant quotes from the period. Also included are a chronology, chapter notes, a glossary, an index, and additional sources to consult. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 10 to 15.
— Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Dramatic tensions between the Soviet Union and the West in the years after World War II are chronicled in a fast-moving, exciting narrative that examines the confrontations between world leaders, the escalating arms race, and the competition to conquer space. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761325604
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Chapter 1 The Opening Round 15
Chapter 2 The Last Days of Stalin 25
Chapter 3 Beria and Malenkov 35
Chapter 4 Khrushchev and Bulganin 47
Chapter 5 Steps to a Wall 59
Chapter 6 The Brink of War 67
Chapter 7 The Fall of Khrushchev 77
Chapter 8 The Brezhnev Era (1) 85
Chapter 9 The Brezhnev Era (2) 95
Chapter 10 A Dying Leadership 103
Chapter 11 Gorbachev and Chernobyl 111
Chapter 12 The Final Days 121
Afterword 133
Chapter Notes 141
For More Information 155
Chronology 135
Glossary 149
Index 157
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