Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War by Stephen CohenSoviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War by Stephen Cohen

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War

byStephen CohenAfterword byStephen Cohen

Paperback | July 5, 2011

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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.

Stephen F. Cohen is professor of Russian studies at New York University and professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University. His other books include Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography; Rethinking the Soviet Experience; and Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia.
Title:Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pagesPublished:July 5, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231148976

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Alternatives and Fates1. Bukharin's Fate2. The Victims Return: Gulag Survivors Since Stalin3. The Tragedy of Soviet Conservatism4. Was the Soviet System Reformable?5. The Fate of the Soviet Union: Why Did It End?6. Gorbachev's Lost Legacies7. Who Lost the Post-Soviet Peace?About the NotesNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

Among the many strengths of Soviet Fates is not just Stephen Cohen's longtimedepth of expertise but his unrivalled storytelling ability and, perhaps above all, hisrazor-sharp insider observations based on personal exchanges, interviews, and experienceswith key actors...