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Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Krushchev

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The Cold War hovered over Americans like a black cloud for more than 40 years. But with the defeat of Communism in 1991, documents have been released indicating that the United States might have avoided it. Vladislav Zubok and Constantine Plashakov reveal that high-level Soviet diplomats advised Stalin to abandon global confrontation for a partnership with the United States and Britain to prevent Germany's resuscitation and to help in the Soviet Union's reconstruction. Though FDR's death and Winston Churchill's electoral defeat complicated the plan, it was the Hiroshima bombing under Truman that severed relations. Though later Soviet attempts to reconcile were thwarted by Khruschev's hope for a Russian revolution, the authors remind us that Russia's course does not depend on Russia alone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This remarkable book, written by two young Russian historians, will initiate the long process of reexamining the Soviet Union's role in the Cold War. The authors came of age at the height of the Cold War in the 1950s and early 1960s, worked in the Institute of U.S. and Canada Studies, and recently gained access to newly declassified archival material in Moscow. Their research sheds new light upon the motives of Stalin and his heirs, including Molotov, Zhdanov, Beria, Malenkov, and Khrushchev. Indeed, the main focus of this book is on the "human factor"?the background, psychology, and behavior of the Soviet leaders. The archives reveal a series of miscalculations and overreactions under Stalin and lost opportunities for detente with Beria and Malenkov. However, the central conclusion is that Stalin "wanted to avoid confrontation with the West...[and that] the Cold War was not his choice." This is an important study that merits consideration along with the standard histories of the Cold War period, including such new works as Caroline Kennedy-Pipe's Stalin's Cold War: Soviet Strategies in Europe, 1943 to 1956 (Manchester Univ., 1995). Zubok and Pleshakov have contributed a brief version of this study to The Origins of the Cold War in Europe: International Perspectives (Yale Univ., 1994).?Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (April 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674455320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674455320
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Samerdyke on July 15, 2003
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I found this book an interesting look at the key men who ran Soviet foreign policy between 1945-1964.
The book is arranged into biographical sketches about Stalin, Molotov, Malenkov, etc., and each chapter focuses on the foreign policy issue they were most involved with. I found this a little dissatisfying, since it was not strictly chronological, but I assume most readers would have a basic handle on Cold War chronology.
The chapters on Stalin, Molotov and Khushchev were the most interesting. I think this book would be most useful to college undergrads in Russian history or 20th Century diplomacy.
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This is a concise, well written work which shows the inner workings of the Kremlin during the Cold War. It gives insight into the Soviets' reasoning, foreign policy, and relations with other Communist nations. Highly recommended.
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This book turned out to be of greater value than I originally thought. It was one of the most important secondary sources for one of my college essays. It is very well written and researched. It will allow you to gain further understanding on this often confusing period in history. It would be wise to at least have some partial knowledge on the subject to fully appreciate this book. It is well worth the price.
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My dad loves this book... he told me that as a child of the '50s and '60s, in all this time it never really occurred to him that there was every anybody actually over there on the other side of the Iron Curtain!

[Patting myself on the back] I think this was a pretty good Father's Day present for a dad who was always interested in "the bigger picture"!
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This is a great read about the Cold War NOT written by an American sympathizer. I highly recommend this read.
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