Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War por Stephen F. Cohen

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War por Stephen F. Cohen

November 17, 2019

Titulo del libro : Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War
Fecha de lanzamiento : July 7, 2011
Autor : Stephen F. Cohen
Número de páginas : 342
ISBN : 0231148976
Editor : Columbia University Press

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Stephen F. Cohen con Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War

In this wide-ranging and acclaimed book, Stephen F. Cohen challenges conventional wisdom about the course of Soviet and post-Soviet history. Reexamining leaders from Nikolai Bukharin, Stalin's preeminent opponent, and Nikita Khrushchev to Mikhail Gorbachev and his rival Yegor Ligachev, Cohen shows that their defeated policies were viable alternatives and that their tragic personal fates shaped the Soviet Union and Russia today. Cohen's ramifying arguments include that Stalinism was not the predetermined outcome of the Communist Revolution; that the Soviet Union was reformable and its breakup avoidable; and that the opportunity for a real post-Cold War relationship with Russia was squandered in Washington, not in Moscow. This is revisionist history at its best, compelling readers to rethink fateful events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and the possibilities ahead.

In his new epilogue, Cohen expands his analysis of U.S. policy toward post-Soviet Russia, tracing its development in the Clinton and Obama administrations and pointing to its initiation of a "new Cold War" that, he implies, has led to a fateful confrontation over Ukraine.