The Kremlin Conspiracy

The Kremlin Conspiracy

by Douglas Boyd


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The Kremlin Conspiracy by Douglas Boyd

Although the Cold War conventionally ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, there is renewed interest and concern in the West about our relations with a resurgent Russia. Arguably the Cold War was just one manifestation of an ages-old geopolitical conflict between Russia and other world powers. Russian-speaking Kremlin-watcher Douglas Boyd starts by tracing Russia’s growth through centuries of hot wars of conquest that expanded the tiny principality of Muscovy to an empire straddling Europe and Asia. Its expansionism was evident throughout the last century, often conducted by proxy during the Cold War. With enormous reserves of energy and natural resources on which other nations are increasingly reliant, Putin’s Russia is once again flexing its muscles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780711034440
Publisher: Allan, Ian Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Douglas Boyd was employed on the NATO front line in the divided city of Berlin as an RAF Russian linguist. Having also visited East Berlin many times, he achieved the ultimate East German experience of solitary confinement in a Stasi prison after being caught on the wrong side of the border. On return to Britain, he was employed for several years as a Russian specialist by the Rank Organization before leaving to head the BBC Eurovision office, where he liased with Intervision, representing the national broadcasting organizations in eastern Europe. In subsequent years as a BBC television producer, he produced and directed several co-productions with Eastern European state broadcasting organizations.

Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Introduction 18

Part 1 Hot Wars 23

Chapter 1 Genghis Khan, Uncle Joe and Vlad the Gasman 24

Chapter 2 Slaves, Amber, Furs and Terror 34

Chapter 3 A Time of Giants: Peter and Catherine; Alexis and Napoleon 43

Chapter 4 Collision in the Crimea 52

Chapter 5 Lies, Spies and Blood in the Streets 58

Chapter 6 Death in Sarajevo, Money in the Bank 70

Chapter 7 The Rainbow of Death 81

Part 2 War by Other Means 93

Chapter 8 The Comintern: War on the Cheap 94

Chapter 9 Secret Agents in Skirts 102

Chapter 10 Famine, Purges and Bundles of Used Notes 110

Chapter 11 One Man, One Pistol, One Month = 6,287 Men Dead 126

Chapter 12 The Politburo Takes a Short Ride 139

Chapter 13 My Enemy's Enemy is also My Enemy 148

Chapter 14 Poor Poland! 157

Chapter 15 A Very Different Kind of Warfare 167

Part 3 Cold War 181

Chapter 16 Big Bangs and a Long Telegram 182

Chapter 17 Living on the Far Side of the Moon 189

Chapter 18 A Daughter Back from the Dead 197

Chapter 19 The Proxy War that Cost Four Million Lives 210

Chapter 20 The Deadly Game of Dominoes 217

Chapter 21 Voting with Their Feet 228

Chapter 22 Khrushchev's Sonofabitch 239

Chapter 23 Spring Forward, Fall Back 250

Chapter 24 Roll to your Rifle and Blow Out your Brains 259

Chapter 25 And All Erich's Men ... 269

Chapter 26 The End of the Evil Empire 278

Chapter 27 The Making of the President, Russian-style 287

Acknowledgements 300

Glossary, including titles of Soviet and Russian security services 302

Notes and sources 310

Further reading in English 323

Index 324

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