Stalin's Wars From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
|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|