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  • Series: Shapers of International History
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (December 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574889451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574889451
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoffrey Roberts is a professor and head of the School of History at University College Cork. He is the author of several books on Soviet history, most recently Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939–1953 (2006). He lives in County Cork, Ireland.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gelman on January 14, 2012
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The central theme of this book can be summarized by the following words:
"The art of politics in the sphere of foreign relations does not consist of increasing the number of enemies for one country. On the contrary, the art of politics in this shere is to reduce the number of such enemies and make the enemies of yesterday good neighbour, maintaining peaceable relations with one another".
This quote opens the second chapter of the book by Professor Roberts and the words were written by Molotov himself. Common wisdom asserts that Molotov was a hard-liner who always obeyed his master's wishes, but this book demonstrates that to a great extent this was not so. This is not to say that the author absolves Molotov from Stalin's crimes, on the contrary. But he emphasizes the fact that Molotov was the only one In the Politburo who permitted himself to deviate many times from Stalin's paranoic policy andway of thinking and acting. All this is based on new archives which have opened their gates in the last few years and by whose help they correct the wrong impression about Molotov.
Born in 1890, Molotov is presented here as far from being the hawk he was reported to be. Molotov strove to end the Cold War almost as soon as it began and these efforts were continued later he was reappointed Soviet foreign minister after Stalin's death in 1953.
In the years 1953-1955 particularly he sought to reach a radical detente with the West in the form of an all-embracing system of European collective security. Molotov insisted on reaching an agreement on the German question and was ready to compromise on many relevant issues, as discussed and presented abundantly to the reader.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on May 21, 2012
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Geoffrey Roberts, author of Stalin's wars: from World War to Cold War 1939-1953 and many other books, has written another splendid book. This biography of Molotov, based on archival research, sheds new light on the Cold War.

Roberts recounts the Soviet view of World War Two: "the Anglo-Soviet-American coalition had won the war together, but the greatest contribution had come from the Red Army, which had turned the tide of war in the Allies' favour a full year before the D-Day landings in France. It was the Soviet Union that had largely liberated Europe from German occupation and thereby saved European civilization." Roberts writes, "As Molotov was fond of saying, European civilization was saved by the Red Army, by the sacrifices of the Soviet people, and by the resources generated by the communist system."

Immediately at the end of World War Two, "The Soviet perspective was that great-power collaboration would continue in the long term to contain Germany and to maintain a stable setting for postwar reconstruction."

Stalin persistently urged peaceful coexistence between the socialist and capitalist systems, and the peaceful settlement of differences. The US and British governments replied with Churchill's Fulton speech (a virtual declaration of war on the Soviet Union), the Truman Doctrine and the formation of NATO.

Roberts points out that Stalin said in January 1949 that the Soviet Union would lift the Berlin blockade if the West agreed to another conference on the German question, and this is what happened.

In March 1952, Molotov sent a Note proposing a German peace treaty based on withdrawing all Allied forces from Germany, German unification, and a German pledge not to join NATO.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Bush on November 10, 2012
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Molotov aka Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skryabin was nothing but a cold hearted mass murderer. He was a typical cowardly hard left socialist runt. I won't be surprised if Molotov's partners in mass murder Ioseb Besarionis dze Dzhugashvili aka Stalin and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov aka Lenin are also depicted in a more favorable light down the road as partners for peace. A reader ignorant of Soviet history would find the runt "not a bad little fellow" after all. He had scores of runts answering to him, the results being the sum total of the Party line. Diplomat no. Just another criminal with a top hat.
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