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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the Paperback Edition: Russia’s Revenge
  2. pp. ix-xxii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxiii-xxviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxix-xxx
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  1. 1. The Soviet People and Stalin between War and Peace, 1945
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 2. Stalin’s Road to the Cold War, 1945–1948
  2. pp. 29-61
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  1. 3. Stalemate in Germany, 1945–1953
  2. pp. 62-93
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  1. 4. Kremlin Politics and “Peaceful Coexistence,” 1953–1957
  2. pp. 94-122
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  1. 5. The Nuclear Education of Khrushchev, 1953–1963
  2. pp. 123-154
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. 6. The Soviet Home Front: First Cracks, 1953–1968
  2. pp. 163-191
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  1. 7. Brezhnev and the Road to Détente, 1965–1972
  2. pp. 192-226
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  1. 8. Détente’s Decline and Soviet Overreach, 1973–1979
  2. pp. 227-264
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  1. 9. The Old Guard’s Exit, 1980–1987
  2. pp. 265-302
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  1. 10. Gorbachev and the End of Soviet Power, 1988–1991
  2. pp. 303-335
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 336-344
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 345-416
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 417-454
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 455-468
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469606033
Related ISBN
9780807899052
MARC Record
OCLC
500634229
Pages
504
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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