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Masterpieces of history: the peaceful end of the Cold War in Europe, 1989

Savranskaya, Svetlana, Blanton, Thomas and Zubok, Vladislav, eds. (2010) Masterpieces of history: the peaceful end of the Cold War in Europe, 1989. Central European University Press. ISBN 9789639776777

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wenty years in the making, this collection presents 122 top-level Soviet, European and American records on the superpowers’ role in the annus mirabilis of 1989. Consisting of Politburo minutes; diary entries from Gorbachev’s senior aide, Anatoly Chernyaev; meeting notes and private communications of Gorbachev with George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand; and high-level CIA analyses, this volume offers a rare insider’s look at the historic, world-transforming events that culminated in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War. Most of these records have never been published before. Complementing the documents is the inclusion for the first time of the proceedings of an extraordinary face-to-face mutual interrogation (with scholars and documents ) in 1998 of Russian and American senior former officials—Gorbachev advisers Anatoly Chernyaev and Georgy Shakhnazarov, Shevardnadze aide Sergei Tarasenko, U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock and CIA chief Soviet analyst Douglas MacEachin—aimed at assessing and explaining Moscow and Washington’s policies during the miraculous year of 1989.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2010 Central European University Press
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 13:06
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:56

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