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A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

Paperback New Cold War History (Paperback)

By (author) Vladislav M. Zubok, Preface by Vladislav M. Zubok

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  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Format: Paperback | 488 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 36mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
  • ISBN 10: 0807859583
  • ISBN 13: 9780807859582
  • Illustrations note: 12 illustrations, notes, bibl., index
  • Sales rank: 131,465

Product description

This book features the Cold War from the Soviet side. 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 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.

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VLADISLAV M. ZUBOK is associate professor of history at Temple University. He is coauthor of Anti-Americanism in Russia: From Stalin to Putin.

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"Draw[s] on abundant new primary sources to refine our understanding of the Cold War, turning it from a melodrama into a nuanced tragedy....Zubok reveals the full extent of Stalin's brutal post - World War II suppression of the Soviet people." - Washington Post Book World"