A History of the Soviet Union 1945-1991: Last of the Empires
Автор: Keep John L.H.
, 496 стр., издатель: "Oxford University Press"
, ISBN: 9780192803191, 978-0-19-280319-1
- The Soviet Union is a subject of enduring fascination for the whole of the Western world - Designed with the general reader in mind, it focuses upon the main cultural, political, social, and economic developments in the USSR since 1945 - John Keep is an expert on Soviet history, and has written numerous books on the subject - Excellent reviews Described as 'one of the most tragic human experiences in human history', the Soviet Union as an empire holds much intrigue and fascination for the Western world. It held unquestionable status as an empire, with its coverage of over 100 nationalities. Its status as the 'Last of the Empires' depends on what the future may hold, but any future 'empires' will undoubtedly be based on intellectual and institutional foundations far different from those developed during the Soviet era. Here John Keep presents the narrative history of the USSR, from the last years of Stalin, to the checkered fate of Gorbachev's reform policies, and the ultimate collapse of the empire under manifold centrifugal pressures. Focusing upon political, economic, social, and cultural developments, the book is divided into four parts: the last years of Stalin; Nikita Krushchev's abortive attempts to reform Communist rule; the years 1964-1985, covered largely by Breshnev's long tenure of power; and lastly Gorbachev's abortive attempts to promote a reformed, 'democratic', communism.
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