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The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empireby Brian Crozier
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For more than 80 years, the Soviet Empire cast an ever-lengthening shadow across the face of the world. Lenin's ruthless legacy consumed Eastern Europe and toppled governments on virtually every continent. Yet at the moment when the Empire appeared to have reached its zenith, it collapsed like a house of cards.
In this seminal work, the eminent British writer and historian Brian Crozier tells the brutal history of the Soviet Empire—its birth, life, and sudden death. The book begins at the beginning, in 1917, when the oversized dreams of Lenin and the happenstance of events conspired to change the course of history. In meticulous detail, Crozier follows the Soviet conquests across Europe and into Asia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. He uses recently declassified information from Soviet archives to add texture and depth to familiar parts of the story—the betrayal at Yalta, the terror of Stalin, the tragedy of Hungary, the split with China, the false hope of Prague Spring, the rise of Castro, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Revealed along the way is the dark underside of a regime whose march toward supremacy resulted in the loss of tens of millions of lives. The book concludes with reflections on the extraordinary disintegration of Lenin's utopia and the seemingly endless chaos left in its wake.
Provocative, comprehensive, and majestic in scope, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire is the definitive account of history's most turbulent days.
A sweeping historical account of a regime that haunted the twentieth century. In this seminal work, British writer and historian Brian Crozier tells the brutal history of the Soviet Empire — its birth, life, and sudden death. Crozier uses recently declassified information from Soviet archives to add texture and depth to familiar parts of the story.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 791-794) and index.
About the Author
Brian Crozier, the cofounder of London's Institute for the Study of Conflict, has been a writer and consultant on international affairs for over 50 years. The author of numerous historical works, including widely praised biographies on Franco, de Gaulle, and Chiang Kai-shek, since 1996 he has been a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace (Stanford University). Mr. Crozier resides in London.
Table of Contents
Imperial take-off, 1917-1924 — Peace and war, 1921-1941 --- Postwar aggrandizement, 1943-1956 — Trouble in the satellites, 1953-1963 — The peripheral empire, 1953-1990 — The end looms ahead — Epilogue: the red phoenix.
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