A History of the Soviet Union 1945-1991: Last of the Empires

Paperback | August 22, 2002

byJohn L. H. Keep

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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, thebook 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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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 fut...

John Keep has studied and lectured in Russian History for many years. He was a research assistant with the Foreign Office from 1953 to 1954, a lecturer in Modern Russian History at the University of London between 1954 and 1966, and Reader in Russian Studies there from 1966 to 1970. In 1964 he became a Visiting Associate Professor at ...
Format:PaperbackPublished:August 22, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803190

ISBN - 13:9780192803191

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Table of Contents

List of TablesMapsIntroductionI. The Dark Ages1. Stalin's Last YearsII. Hope Frustrated2. A Reformer in the Kremlin3. Civilizing Soviet Government4. Reorienting the Economy5. Priority for the Village6. The Rebirth of Conscience7. The National MosaicIII. Civil Society Resurgent8. For Faith and Freedom9. The Lubianka and the Kremlin10. The Party in Disarray11. An Economy in Trouble12. Agrarian and Environmental Dilemmas13. Social Breakdown, cultural Renovation14. The Russian National Movement15. The Restless EmpireIV. The Empire Cracks Up16. Revolution from Above17. Revolution from Below18. NemesisAfterwordNotesBibliographyGlossaryIndex

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`Last of the Empires is filled with interest information gathered from a very broad range of sources which Keep recounts and analyses in a thoroughly professional manner ... judicious and well-informed work.'Times Literary Supplement