By Vladislav M. Zubok
Western interpretations of the chilly War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred via exaggerating both the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the pursuits, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok bargains a Soviet viewpoint at the maximum standoff of the 20th century.
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Chapter 3 focuses on more recent developments by looking at the development of relations between the EU and what were now ﬁfteen independent states over the entire post-Soviet period, including the negotiation of Partnership and Cooperation Agreements that still deﬁne the legal basis of the relationship. Drawing on primary evidence throughout, these chapters in turn provide the necessary context for the discussion that follows of identity and foreign policy debates in the three Slavic republics.
In particular, they were spatially distributed. Russians were a minority everywhere outside Crimea, where 58 per cent identiﬁed themselves in this way in the 2001 census and 77 per cent normally spoke the language; Russian speakers were a majority in two other regions, easterly Donets’k (75 per cent) and Luhans’k (69 per cent). In westerly Ternopil’ and Ivano-Frankivs’k, at the other extreme, no more than 1 or 2 per cent were ethnic Russians and speakers of the language were an equally tiny minority.
The general crisis of the capitalist system had certainly deepened, but postwar capitalism was different from its predecessor, and there had been a ‘deﬁnite step forward’ in the development of its productive potential in Europe, where the level of output had roughly doubled. There could ultimately be no escape from the contradictions that were inherent in capitalism itself, and the national and social problems of the European peoples could only be resolved by the ‘victory of socialism’. But it would be a mistake to assume that the new association could not lead to ‘signiﬁcant results’ and that it would not allow the monopolies to ‘modernise technology and expand production’.
A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (The New Cold War History) by Vladislav M. Zubok