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. Seller Inventory AAC Never used!. Seller Inventory NEW Book Description Paperback. Western interpretations of the Cold War? Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability.
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New Paperback Quantity Available: 1. Published by Univ of North Carolina Pr New Softcover Quantity Available: 1. Seller Image. New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5. New Paperback Quantity Available: And although at its peak the Soviet Union had more than 5 million soldiers stationed internationally and enough nuclear power to destroy the human race, members of the Soviet high command abdicated power without a shot being fired.
He threatened to resign if the republics refused to sign a Union Treaty to hold the Soviet Union together. In a poll of Russians, his approval rating stood well below that of wartime dictator Joseph Stalin.
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When he became president of the Soviet Union in , Gorbachev inherited both a moribund economy and a crumbling political system. It curbed state censorship, allowing Soviet media to report painful, long-covered-up truths—such as the fact that alcoholism and infant mortality were rising, life expectancy at birth was declining and standards of living in the West were outpacing those in the USSR.
It also allowed non-Communist parties to take part in elections.
Perestroika, undertaken at the same time, was an economic-reform process aimed at reviving a long-suffering economy. It moved the USSR away from a central-command model, in which business was owned and administered by the government, toward a hybrid communism-capitalism model incorporating free-market reform.
Citizens were allowed to begin opening private businesses, and foreigners were allowed into the country to take part in joint ventures. His predecessor, Leonid Brezhnev , squandered the profits from a two-decade oil boom on an arms race with the United States, neglecting a golden opportunity to raise standards of living before Gorbachev had arrived.
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Meanwhile, changes were rumbling across Eastern Europe. The Berlin Wall fell and the move toward German reunification began. By the time Gorbachev tried to dial back his reforms, it was too late. Broader social forces had been unleashed. In particular, he succeeded in weakening a totalitarian regime in favor of individual rights, despite resistance from within the governmental party-state.
Presidents Bush and Gorbachev shaking hands at the end of a press conference about the peace summit in Moscow.
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