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Collapse : the fall of the Soviet Union

Title
Collapse : the fall of the Soviet Union / Vladislav M. Zubok.
ISBN
9780300257304
0300257309
9780300262445
Publication
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2021]
Copyright Notice Date
©2021
Physical Description
xix, 535 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary
"A major study of the collapse of the Soviet Union--showing how Gorbachev's misguided reforms led to its demise. In 1945 the Soviet Union controlled half of Europe and was a founding member of the United Nations. By 1991, it had an army four-million strong, five-thousand nuclear-tipped missiles, and was the second biggest producer of oil in the world. But soon afterward the union sank into an economic crisis and was torn apart by nationalist separatism. Its collapse was one of the seismic shifts of the twentieth century. Thirty years on, Vladislav Zubok offers a major reinterpretation of the final years of the USSR, refuting the notion that the breakup of the Soviet order was inevitable. Instead, Zubok reveals how Gorbachev's misguided reforms, intended to modernize and democratize the Soviet Union, deprived the government of resources and empowered separatism. Collapse sheds new light on Russian democratic populism, the Baltic struggle for independence, the crisis of Soviet finances--and the fragility of authoritarian state power"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Fall of the Soviet Union
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 23, 2022
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-510) and index.
Contents
Part 1: Hope and hubris, 1983-90
Perestroika
Release
Revolutions
Separatism
Crossroads
Leviathan
Part 2: Decline and downfall, 1991
Standoff
Devolution
Consensus
Conspiracy
Junta
Demise
Cacophony
Independence
Liquidation.
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