Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives

Author: Stephen F. Cohen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231520423
Release Date: 2009-06-23
Genre: Political Science

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.

The War Against the Working Class

Author: Will Podmore
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781503531109
Release Date: 2015-05-29
Genre: History

This book traces the history of revolutions and counterrevolutions since 1917, in Russia, Korea, Vietnam, China, the countries of Eastern Europe, and Cuba. I present the evidence of their achievements and describe the wars they were forced to fight in self-defence. We can learn from the efforts and the errors of the pioneers, even though their conditions of being pre-industrial and dependent societies were very different from Britain’s today. The hope is that this book will provoke thought about the future of our nation in order to help us to decide what we need to do, not to copy but to create.

Why Cold War Again

Author: Stephen F. Cohen
Publisher: I. B. Tauris
ISBN: 178453630X
Release Date: 2018-09
Genre: History

In this book, Stephen F. Cohen traces the history of this East-West relationship in the 'Inter Cold War' period ' the years from the purported end of the preceding Cold War, in 1990-1991, to what he has long argued would be a new and even more dangerous Cold War.

Russia and Eurasia 2015 2016

Author: Richard Bidlack
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475818772
Release Date: 2015-08-06
Genre: Education

Published and updated annually, Russia and Eurasia deals with the twelve independent republics that became members of the Commonwealth of Independent States following the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1992. The text focuses strongly on recent economic and political developments with shorter sections dealing with foreign policy, the military, religion, education, and specific cultural elements that help to define each republic and differentiate one from the other. Approximately one-third of the book is devoted to Russia, but also includes sections on Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. How the Commonwealth of Independent States came into being and how it has evolved since 1992 is also discussed. The combination of factual accuracy and up-to-date detail along with its informed projections make this an outstanding resource for researchers, practitioners in international development, media professionals, government officials, potential investors and students.

Russia Against the Rest

Author: Richard Sakwa
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108500999
Release Date: 2017-10-12
Genre: Political Science

In this book Richard Sakwa provides a new analysis of the end of the Cold War and the subsequent failure to create a comprehensive and inclusive peace order in Europe. The end of the Cold War did not create a sustainable peace system. Instead, for a quarter of a century a 'cold peace' reflected the tension between cooperative and competitive behaviour. None of the fundamental problems of European security were resolved, and tensions accumulated. In 2014 the crisis exploded in the form of conflict in Ukraine, provoking what some call a 'new Cold War'. Russia against the Rest challenges the view that this is a replay of the old conflict, explaining how the tensions between Russia and the Atlantic community reflect a global realignment of the international system. Sakwa provides a balanced and carefully researched analysis of the trajectory of European and global politics since the late 1980s.

War with Russia

Author: Stephen F. Cohen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781510745827
Release Date: 2018-11-27
Genre: Political Science

Are we in a new Cold War with Russia? How does a new Cold War affect the safety and security of the United States? Does Vladimir Putin really want to destabilize the West? America is in a new Cold War with Russia even more dangerous than the one the world barely survived in the twentieth century. The Soviet Union is gone, but the two nuclear superpowers are again locked in political and military confrontations, now from Ukraine to Syria. All of this is exacerbated by Washington’s war-like demonizing of the Kremlin leadership and by Russiagate’s unprecedented allegations. US mainstream media accounts are highly selective and seriously misleading. American “disinformation,” not only Russian, is a growing peril. In War With Russia?, Stephen F. Cohen—the widely acclaimed historian of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia—gives readers a very different, dissenting narrative of this more dangerous new Cold War from its origins in the 1990s, the actual role of Vladimir Putin, and the 2014 Ukrainian crisis to Donald Trump’s election and today’s unprecedented Russiagate allegations. Cohen’s views have made him, it is said, “America’s most controversial Russia expert.” Some say this to denounce him, others to laud him as a bold, highly informed critic of US policies and the dangers they have helped to create. War With Russia? gives readers a chance to decide for themselves who is right: are we living, as Cohen argues, in a time of unprecedented perils at home and abroad?

Armageddon im Orient

Author: Michael Lüders
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406727924
Release Date: 2018-08-28
Genre: History

Der Orient kommt nicht zur Ruhe. Während die Kämpfe vor allem in Syrien andauern, zeichnet sich bereits der nächste Konflikt ab: Präsident Trump und seine Verbündeten nehmen den Iran ins Visier. Dahinter steht auch ein Machtkampf zwischen Riad und Teheran. Michael Lüders schildert die Ursachen des Konflikts seit dem 18. Jahrhundert und erklärt, warum der Westen einseitig Partei ergreift. Unter Obama wurde 2015 das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran geschlossen. Doch obwohl Teheran sich erwiesenermaßen an alle Verpflichtungen hält, bricht der Konflikt jetzt erneut auf. Warum ist das so? Ist der Iran wirklich ein «Schurkenstaat»? Welche Rolle spielen die engen wirtschaftlichen Verflechtungen zwischen den USA und Saudi-Arabien, die sogenannte «Saudi-Connection»? Und gibt es tatsächlich eine religiöse Feindschaft zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten? Gewohnt anschaulich und pointiert erklärt Michael Lüders die Konflikte und macht deutlich, warum der Region ein neuer dreißigjähriger Krieg droht.

Joining Empire

Author: Jerome Klassen
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442666443
Release Date: 2014-09-24
Genre: Business & Economics

A fresh assessment of the neoliberal political economy behind Canadian foreign policy from Afghanistan to Haiti, Joining Empire establishes Jerome Klassen as one of the most astute analysts of contemporary Canadian foreign policy and its relationship to US global power. Using empirical data on production, trade, investment, profits, and foreign ownership in Canada, as well as a new analysis of the overlap among the boards of directors of the top 250 firms in Canada and the top 500 firms worldwide, Klassen argues that it is the increasing integration of Canadian businesses into the global economy that drives Canada’s new, increasingly aggressive, foreign policy. Using government documents, think tank studies, media reports, and interviews with business leaders from across Canada, Klassen outlines recent systematic changes in Canadian diplomatic and military policy and connects them with the rise of a new transnational capitalist class. Joining Empire is sure to become a classic of Canadian political economy.

War Time

Author: Mary L. Dudziak
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199913473
Release Date: 2012-02-06
Genre: History

On the surface, "wartime" is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," where it is no longer easy to distinguish between times of war and times of peace. In this inventive meditation on war, time, and the law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime is not as discrete a time period as we like to think. Instead, America has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for over a century. Meanwhile policy makers and the American public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. This has two consequences: first, because war is thought to be exceptional, "wartime" remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial; and second, ongoing warfare is enabled by the inattention of the American people. More disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, public disengagement leaves us without political restraints on the exercise of American war powers.


Author: William Taubman
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406700453
Release Date: 2018-02-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Im Ausland verehrt und bewundert als der Mann, der das Tor zu einem neuen Zeitalter aufstieß, gilt er bei seinen Landsleuten als Schwächling und Totengräber des sowjetischen Imperiums: Michail Gorbatschow ist für die einen ein überragender Staatsmann und für die anderen ein Versager. Pulitzerpreisträger William Taubman legt nun die grundlegende Biographie dieser Jahrhundertgestalt vor – akribisch recherchiert, fundiert im Urteil und fesselnd geschrieben. Als Michail Gorbatschow 1985 mit 54 Jahren jüngster Generalsekretär in der Geschichte der KPdSU wurde, war die Sowjetunion eine von zwei Supermächten. Doch nur vier Jahre später hatten Perestroika und Glasnost die Sowjetunion für immer verändert und Gorbatschow mehr Feinde als Freunde. Seine Politik beendete den Kalten Krieg. Doch im Jahr darauf musste er nach einem gescheiterten Putsch – ohne es zu wollen – dem Kollaps jenes Imperiums zuschauen, das er zu retten versucht hatte. William Taubman schildert in seinem Buch, wie ein Bauernjunge vom Lande es bis an die Spitze im Kreml bringt, sich mit Amerikas erzkonservativem Präsidenten Ronald Reagan anfreundet und es der UdSSR und dem Ostblock erlaubt, sich aufzulösen, ohne Zuflucht zur Gewalt zu nehmen. Wer war dieses „Rätsel Gorbatschow“ – ein wahrhaft großer Politiker oder ein Mann, der an seinen eigenen Fehlern scheiterte und an Mächten, gegen die er nicht gewinnen konnte?


Author: Dimitri Wolkogonow
Publisher: Edition Berolina
ISBN: 9783958415164
Release Date: 2016-02-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Mit der ersten sowjetischen Stalin-Biographie nach dem Tod des Diktators von Wolkogonow wurden die Quellen der jüngeren sowjetischen Geschichte endlich der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht. Zum ersten Mal war es einem Autor möglich, alle vorhandenen Zeugnisse über die Stalin-Zeit auszuwerten. Auf sie gestützt, gelang ihm ein atemberaubendes Porträt. Alle bisherigen Versuche, den Diktator zu charakterisieren, verblassen angesichts der Tatsachen: Die Dokumente aus dem Politbüro, aus dem Exekutivkomitee der Kommunistischen Internationale, aus den Sicherheitsorganen oder aus dem Volkskommissariat für Äußeres sprechen eine erschütternde Sprache. Dimitri Wolkogonows voluminöse Biographie ist ein Schlüsselwerk, das nun endlich wieder zugänglich ist!


Author: Vadim Z. Rogovin
Publisher: MEHRING Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3886340716
Release Date: 1998-01
Genre: Opposition (Political science)

Wie Sibirien unser wurde

Author: Claudia Weiss
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 9783862340392
Release Date: 2007-04-10
Genre: History

Wie kommt es, dass Sibirien geographisch wie mental zu einem festen, untrennbaren Bestandteil Russlands geworden ist, während andere imperiale Großmächte ihre Kolonien verloren haben? Claudia Weiss spürt in dieser Arbeit dem Prozess der mentalen Einverleibung Sibiriens durch das Russländische Imperium im 19. Jahrhundert nach, die deutliche Spuren in der imperialen Identität Russlands hinterließ. Als Fokus dient ihr dafür die Russische Geographische Gesellschaft. Deren Wirken als zivilgesellschaftliche Institution beeinflusste gemeinsam mit der Geographie in ihrer Bedeutung als Bildermacherin den Wandel der Wahrnehmung Sibiriens im 19. Jahrhundert: Weg vom eisigen Gefängnis, hin zu Russlands Land der Zukunft.