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Cold War and Soviet Insecurity The Stalin Years

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ISBN-10: 0195126599

ISBN-13: 9780195126594

Edition: 1998

Authors: Vojtech Mastny

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Arguing that ideology is the cornerstone of the Cold War, Mastny demonstrates that Stalin's single-minded adherence to Marxism-Leninism created an atmosphere, both domestically and internationally, of constant insecurity. Behind the internal purges, Russia's control of Eastern Europe, Stalin's relationship with Tito and the West, and acts of espionage and assassination, lay an insecurity, born of ideology, that neither Stalin nor the Soviet Union could ever dispel.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction: The Cold War as History
Stalin's Quest for Soviet Security
Defense of the Despotism
The Making of an Empire
The Unwanted Cold War
The Specter of Communism (September 1947-June 1948)
The Birth of the Cominform
The Balkan Trap
The Stakes Increased
A Harvest of Blunders (June 1948-April 1949)
The Berlin Fiasco
The Dictator's Delusions
Militarization of the Cold War
Retreat and Consolidation (April 1949-November 1949)
Cutting the Losses
The Trials of Past Errors
No End to the Cold War
Resuming Advance (November 1949-June 1950)
Real and Imaginary Subversion
The Second Front in Asia
The Design for Aggression
The Test of Strength (June 1950-January 1951)
An Adventure Gone Wrong
War Expanded
At the Brink
On the Defensive (January 1951-March 1952)
Eastern Europe under Siege
The Inauspicious Negotiating
"I Trust No One"
Fits and Starts (March 1952-November 1952)
Stalin's German Illusion
The Despot Loses His Grip
Win the War at Home
The Dead End (November 1952-March 1953)
The Nadir of Stalinism
Stalin's Last Plot
The Unopened Window of Opportunity
Coping with the Stalin Legacy (March-July 1953)
The Prevailing Consensus
Beriia and the German Crisis
The Saving of the Soviet System
Conclusion: The Soviet Threat in Retrospect
Abbreviations Used in the Notes
Archival Sources