The Collapse of the Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

The Collapse of the Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

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The author, Stephen Kotkin, charts the collapse of the Soviet Union, one of the key developments in recent history, and analyzes why it happened. He examines the internal structural, cultural and political reasons for the demise both of the Communist system and of the Union, drawing on memoirs and documents of the senior figures involved, including Ligachev, Gorbachev and Yeltsin, as well as on the burgeoning secondary literature. The book puts the Soviet collapse in the context of the global economic changes from the 1970s to end of the 20th century, examining why the advent of Siberian oil at a time of shortage elsewhere had profound and long-term effects on the Soviet Union's raison d'etre. This book is intended for general readers and students interested in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, the Cold War and the collapse of communism.
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 110 x 170mm
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0192802003
  • 9780192802002

About Stephen Kotkin

Stephen Kotkin is Director of Russian Studies at Princeton University has written an acclaimed two-volume case study on the rise and fall of Soviet socialism: Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilisation (1995) and Steeltown, USSR: Soviet Society in the Gorbachev Era (1991). He is under contract to write the Oxford History of Modern Europe volume on the Soviet Union, 1917-1991.
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Table of contents

Introduction: history's cruel tricks; pursuing the dream. The drama of reform. Waiting for the end of the world. Cannibalism in the rust belt. Ongoing collapse; Conclusion: explications and implications; suggested readings.
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