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The Cold War and Soviet Insecurity: The Stalin Years

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ISBN-13: 978-0195126594
ISBN-10: 0195126599
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About the Author


Vojtech Mastny has taught history and international relations at Columbia University, the University of Illinois, and The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His many books include The Helsinki Process and the Reintegration of Europe, 1986-1991 (1992) and The Czechs under Nazi Rule (1971), which won the Clarke F. Ansley award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195126599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195126594
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W Boudville HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thanks to the peaceful resolution of the Cold War, massive archives of Soviet material have become accessible to the serious historian. One of which is the author. He takes us into the Soviet Union and the heart of the Kremlin, in the early years of the Cold War, till Stalin's death.

If you are conversant with Cold War from the American vantage (perhaps you lived through it?), then the book can be gripping reading. A parallel universe, from the Kremlin looking out and perceiving a hostile world. To be sure, given the searing Soviet experience during World War 2, a certain level of paranoia might be expected and justified.

The events Mastny described, pulled from Soviet documents, outline a weird worldview. It was on this basis that Stalin acted as he did, during the Berlin blockade and the Korean War. American historians have at times criticised Truman and Eisenhower for some of their actions, based on these presidents' imperfect knowledge of world events. This book tells that the other side suffered from far worse distortions.
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Mastny has a refreshing point of view regarding Western attempts to deal with Stalin in his waning years. He casts light on previously murky areas and makes the period far more understandable.
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