Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000

Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000

Stephen Kotkin


that includes vast revisions to the textual content in addition to a brand new advent and epilogue--bringing the e-book thoroughly modern at the tumultuous politics of the former decade and the long term implications of the Soviet collapse--this compact, unique, and interesting booklet deals the definitive account of 1 of the good old occasions of the final fifty years.

Combining old and geopolitical research with an soaking up narrative, Kotkin attracts upon broad learn, together with memoirs by means of dozens of insiders and senior figures, to light up the standards that ended in the loss of life of Communism and the USSR. the recent version places the cave in within the context of the worldwide monetary and political adjustments from the Seventies to the current day. Kotkin creates a compelling profile of put up Soviet Russia and he reminds us, with chilling immediacy, of what couldn't were predicted--that the world's biggest police kingdom, with a number of million troops, a doomsday arsenal, and an appalling checklist of violence, might liquidate itself with slightly a whimper. through the booklet, Kotkin additionally paints brilliant images of key personalities. utilizing lately published archive fabrics, for instance, he deals a desirable photograph of Gorbachev, describing this virtuoso tactician and resolutely devoted reformer as "flabbergasted through the truth that his socialist renewal was once resulting in the system's liquidation"--and roughly going besides it.

At as soon as authoritative and provocative, Armageddon Averted illuminates the cave in of the Soviet Union, revealing how "principled restraint and scheming self-interest introduced a perilous approach to meek dissolution."

Acclaim for the 1st Edition:

"The clearest photograph we need to date of the post-Soviet landscape."
--The New Yorker

"A triumph of the artwork of up to date historical past. In fewer than two hundred pagesKotkin elucidates the implosion of the Soviet empire--the most crucial and startling sequence of overseas occasions of the prior fifty years--and truly spells out why, thank you nearly totally to the 'principal restraint' of the Soviet management, that cave in did not lead to a cataclysmic struggle, as all specialists had lengthy forecasted."
-The Atlantic Monthly

"Concise and persuasive The secret, for Kotkin, isn't really loads why the Soviet Union collapsed as why it did so with so little collateral damage."
--The ny evaluation of Books

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