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A failed empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

Zubok, Vladislav M. (2007) A failed empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC,USA. ISBN 9780807830987

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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 détente, 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 Empire provides a history different from those written by the Western victors. 2008 Marshall Shulman Book Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies A Washington Post Book World Best of 2008 selection

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2007 The University of North Carolina Press
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 13:06
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 21:45

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