A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev
  • Author : Vladislav M. Zubok
  • Publisher : Dev Publishers & Distributors
  • Edition: Second
  • Year: 2017
  • 23 x 15 cm, 504 pages, 650 gm
  • ISBN : 9789381406700
  • Binding : Softcover
  • Territory : South Asia
  • INR 995
  • About the Book

    In this widely praised book, Vladislav Zubok argues that Western interpretations of the Cold War have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the twentieth century. Using recently declassified Politburo records, ciphered telegrams, diaries, and taped conversations, among other sources, Zubok offers the first work in English to cover the entire Cold War from the Soviet side. A Failed Empire provides a history quite different from those written by the Western victors. In a new preface for this edition, the author adds to our understanding of today's events in Russia, including who the new players are and how their policies will affect the state of the world in the twenty-first century.

    About the Author

    Vladislav M. Zubok is associate professor of history at Temple University.


    "Fluently and authoritatively told."--International History Review


    “[A Failed Empire] draw[s] on abundant new primary sources to refine our understanding of the Cold War, turning it from a melodrama into a nuanced tragedy. . . . Rich in new information and fresh interpretation. Zubok reveals the full extent of Stalin's brutal post-World War II suppression of the Soviet People.”--Washington Post Book World

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