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Author Zubok, V. M. (Vladislav Martinovich), author.

Title Collapse : the fall of the Soviet Union / Vladislav M. Zubok.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2021]
1 hold on first copy returned of 2 copies


Location Call No. Status
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  947.085 ZUB    Storage
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  947.0854 ZUBOK    Check Shelf
Description xix, 535 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-510) and index.
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.
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.
Subject Soviet Union -- Economic policy -- 1986-1991.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1985-1991.
Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931-2022
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1991.
Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931-2022 (OCoLC)fst00147255
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Soviet Union. (OCoLC)fst01210281
Chronological Term 1945-1991
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Fall of the Soviet Union
ISBN 9780300257304 (hardcover)
0300257309 (hardcover)
9780300262445 (ebook)
Standard No. 40031034058
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