Failed Empire The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

ISBN-10: 0807859583
ISBN-13: 9780807859582
Edition: 2nd 2009
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Description: Western interpretations of the Cold War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Western interpretations of the Cold War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the twentieth century.Using recently declassified Politburo records, ciphered telegrams, diaries, and taped conversations, among other sources, Zubok explores the origins of the superpowers' confrontation under Stalin, Khrushchev's contradictory and counterproductive attempts to ease tensions, the surprising story of Brezhnev's passion for detente, and Gorbachev's destruction of the Soviet superpower as the by-product of his hasty steps to end the Cold War and to reform the Soviet Union. The first work in English to cover the entire Cold War from the Soviet side,A Failed Empireprovides a history different from those written by the Western victors.

Preface to the Paperback Edition: Russia's Revenge
Preface
Abbreviations
The Soviet People and Stalin between War and Peace, 1945
Stalin's Road to the Cold War, 1945-1948
Stalemate in Germany, 1945-1953
Kremlin Politics and "Peaceful Coexistence," 1953-1957
The Nuclear Education of Khrushchev, 1953-1963
The Soviet Home Front: First Cracks, 1953-1968
Brezhnev and the Road to Detente, 1965-1972
Detente's Decline and Soviet Overreach, 1973-1979
The Old Guard's Exit, 1980-1987
Gorbachev and the End of Soviet Power, 1988-1991
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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