Last of the Empires: A History of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991

Last of the Empires: A History of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991

by John L. H. Keep
ISBN-10:
0192803190
ISBN-13:
9780192803191
Pub. Date:
09/12/2002
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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Overview

Last of the Empires: A History of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991

In 1945 the USSR was at the height of its international power and prestige, but years of prolonged hardship were to follow as Stalinist dictatorship was ruthlessly imposed. Since 1988 the mantle of Soviet secrecy has begun to lift, allowing historians access to some of the country's vast archival resources. Last of the Empires explores the central currents of political, cultural, social, and economic development running through 56 crucial years of Soviet rule, enabling us to gain a greater understanding of what has been called one of the most tragic experiences in human history.

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ISBN-13: 9780192803191
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/12/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Keep is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Maps
Introduction
1. I. The Dark Ages Stalin's Last Years
2. II. Hope Frustrated A Reformer in the Kremlin
3. Civilizing Soviet Government
4. Reorienting the Economy
5. Priority for the Village
6. The Rebirth of Conscience
7. The National Mosaic
8. III. Civil Society Resurgent For Faith and Freedom
9. The Lubianka and the Kremlin
10. The Party in Disarray
11. An Economy in Trouble
12. Agrarian and Environmental Dilemmas
13. Social Breakdown, cultural Renovation
14. The Russian National Movement
15. The Restless Empire
16. IV. The Empire Cracks Up Revolution from Above
17. Revolution from Below
18. Nemesis
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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