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Covering the volatile period from 1945 to 1962, Zubok and Pleshakov explore the personalities and motivations of the key people who directed Soviet political life and shaped Soviet foreign policy. They begin with the fearsome figure of Joseph Stalin, who was driven by the dual dream of a Communist revolution and a global empire. They reveal the scope and limits of Stalin's ambitions by taking us into the world of his closest subordinates, the ruthless and unimaginative foreign minister Molotov and the Party's chief propagandist, Zhdanov, a man brimming with hubris and missionary zeal. The authors expose the machinations of the much-feared secret police chief Beria and the party cadre manager Malenkov, who tried but failed to set Soviet policies on a different course after Stalin's death. Finally, they document the motives and actions of the self-made and self-confident Nikita Khrushchev, full of Russian pride and party dogma, who overturned many of Stalin's policies with bold strategizing on a global scale. The authors show how, despite such attempts to change Soviet diplomacy, Stalin's legacy continued to divide Germany and Europe, and led the Soviets to the split with Maoist China and to the Cuban missile crisis.

Zubok and Pleshakov's groundbreaking work reveals how Soviet statesmen conceived and conducted their rivalry with the West within the context of their own domestic and global concerns and aspirations. The authors persuasively demonstrate that the Soviet leaders did not seek a conflict with the United States, yet failed to prevent it or bring it to conclusion. They also document why and how Kremlin policy-makers, cautious and scheming as they were, triggered the gravest crises of the Cold War in Korea, Berlin, and Cuba. Taking us into the corridors of the Kremlin and the minds of its leaders, Zubok and Pleshakov present intimate portraits of the men who made the West fear, to reveal why and how they acted as they did.

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the Kremlin and the minds of its leaders, Zubok and Pleshakov present intimate portraits of the men who made the West fear, to reveal why and how they acted as they did.

Synopsis:

1996 Lionel Gelber Prize, Lionel Gelber Foundation, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and Foreign Policy

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-338) and index.

About the Author

Vladislav Zubok is Professor of History at Temple UniversityConstantine Pleshakov is a writer who lives in Moscow.

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue: The View from the Kremlin, 1945

Stalin: Revolutionary Potentate

Stalin and Shattered Peace

Molotov: Expanding the Borders

Zhdanov and the Origins of the Eastern Bloc

Beria and Malenkov: Learning to Love the Bomb

The Education of Nikita Khrushchev

Khrushchev and the Sino-Soviet Schism

Khrushchev and Kennedy: The Taming of the Cold War

Postmortem: Empire without Heroes

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674455320
With:
Pleshakov, Constantine V.
Author:
Zubok, V. M.
With:
Pleshakov, Constantine
Author:
Pleshakov, Constantine
Author:
P.
Author:
leshakov, Constantine
Author:
Zubok, Vladislav
Author:
Pleshakov, Constantine V.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
1953-1991
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union Foreign relations 1945-1991.
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
History - World
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones
Pages:
382
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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