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A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (New Cold War History)

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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 detente, 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.

In this widely praised book, Vladislav Zubok argues that Western interpretations of the Cold War have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness. 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 offers the first work in English to cover the entire Cold War from the Soviet side. A Failed Empire provides a history quite different from those written by the Western victors. In a new preface for this edition, the author adds to our understanding of today's events in Russia, including who the new players are and how their policies will affect the state of the world in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Vladislav M. Zubok is associate professor of history at Temple University. He is coauthor of Anti-Americanism in Russia: From Stalin to Putin and Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807859582
Author:
Zubok, Vladislav M.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Zubok, Vladislav
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Joseph Stalin; Nikita Khrushchev; Leonid Brezhnev; Mikhail Gorbachev; Cold War; the Kremlin; arms race; postwar Soviet society; 1946 Iranian crisis; power struggle after Stalin s death; de-Stalinization; Cuban Missile Crisis; cold war
Subject:
home front
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
; nuclear brinkmanship; Vietnam War; invasion of Afghanistan; Africa; Sino-Soviet bloc and split; detente; perestroika; Berlin Wall; erosion of communist ideology; nationalism; human rights; Jewish immigration; Soviet international relations; USSR; Politb
Subject:
Joseph Stalin
Subject:
Nikita Khrushchev
Subject:
Leonid Brezhnev
Subject:
Mikhail Gorbachev
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
the Kremlin
Subject:
Arms race
Subject:
postwar Soviet society
Subject:
1946 Iranian crisis
Subject:
power struggle after Stalin s death
Subject:
de-Stalinization
Subject:
Cuban missile crisis
Subject:
nuclear brinkmanship
Subject:
Viet Nam War
Subject:
invasion of Afghanistan
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Sino-Soviet bloc and split
Subject:
Detente
Subject:
Perestroika
Subject:
Berlin wall
Subject:
erosion of communist ideology
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Jewish immigration
Subject:
Soviet international relations
Subject:
U.S.S.R
Subject:
Politburo
Subject:
Soviet elites
Subject:
World War II
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Subject:
World
Subject:
War II
Subject:
arms ra
Subject:
ce
Subject:
Leonid Brezhn
Subject:
Ev
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Cold War History
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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