Stalin's Wars From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953

ISBN-10: 0300136226

ISBN-13: 9780300136227

Edition: 2008

Authors: Geoffrey Roberts

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This breakthrough book provides a detailed reconstruction of Stalin7;s leadership from the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 to his death in 1953. Making use of a wealth of new material from Russian archives, Geoffrey Roberts challenges a long list of standard perceptions of Stalin: his qualities as a leader; his relationships with his own generals and with other great world leaders; his foreign policy; and his role in instigating the Cold War. While frankly exploring the full extent of Stalin7;s brutalities and their impact on the Soviet people, Roberts also uncovers evidence leading to the stunning conclusion that Stalin was both the greatest military leader of the twentieth century and a remarkable politician who sought to avoid the Cold War and establish a long-term detente with the capitalist world. By means of an integrated military, political, and diplomatic narrative, the author draws a sustained and compelling personal portrait of the Soviet leader. The resulting picture is fascinating and contradictory, and it will inevitably change the way we understand Stalin and his place in history. Roberts depicts a despot who helped save the world for democracy, a personal charmer who disciplined mercilessly, a utopian ideologue who could be a practical realist, and a warlord who undertook the role of architect of post-war peace.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046

List of Illustrations
List of Maps and Figure
Preface and Acknowledgements
Chronology of Major Events
Introduction: Stalin at War
Unholy Alliance: Stalin's Pact with Hitler
Grand Illusions: Stalin and 22 June 1941
War of Annihilation: Stalin versus Hitler
Victory at Stalingrad and Kursk: Stalin and his Generals
The Politics of War: Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt
Triumph and Tragedy: Stalin's Year of Victories
Liberation, Conquest, Revolution: Stalin's Aims in Germany and Eastern Europe
Last Battles: Stalin, Truman and the End of the Second World War
The Lost Peace: Stalin and the Origins of the Cold War
Generalissimo at Home: The Domestic Context of Stalin's Postwar Foreign Policy
Cold War Confrontations: Stalin Embattled
Conclusion: Stalin in the Court of History
Notes
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Index
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