By Stephen Kotkin
"The clearest photo we need to date of the post-Soviet landscape."--The New Yorker
"A triumph of the paintings of latest background. In fewer than two hundred pages, Kotkin elucidates the implosion of the Soviet empire--the most vital and startling sequence of overseas occasions of the earlier fifty years--and basically spells out why, thank you virtually solely to the 'principal restraint' of the Soviet management, that cave in did not bring about a cataclysmic battle, as all specialists had lengthy forecasted."-The Atlantic Monthly
"Concise and persuasive The secret, for Kotkin, isn't really lots why the Soviet Union collapsed as why it did so with so little collateral damage."--The long island evaluation of Books
About the Author
Stephen Kotkin is Professor of ecu and Asian historical past at Princeton collage, the place he additionally directs the Russian-Eurasian experiences application. he's the writer of 9 books.
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S. � Sun Photo by Doug Kapstein 24b Aleksei Mordashov � ITAR-TASS Alexander Saverkin While every effort has been made to secure permissions, we may have failed in a few cases to trace the copyright holders. We apologize for any apparent negligence. List of Maps 1 Pentagon depiction of Soviet capabilities Soviet Military Power 1987 (US Government Printing Office) 2 Soviet and post-Soviet wars Alice Thiede 3 World national income statistics 1998 Dan Smith, The State of the World Atlas, 6th edition (Penguin) 4 World national income statistics 2007 Data courtesy of the World Bank Alice Thiede 5 Russian oil and gas pipelines Alice Thiede 1 Pentagon depiction of Soviet capabilities 2 Soviet and post-Soviet wars: Karabakh, Ajaria, Abkhazia, Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya (all in the Caucasus); Moldova (between Romania and Ukraine); Tajikistan (bordering Afghanistan).
Cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ) 1. Soviet Union—History—1953–1985. 2. Soviet Union—History—1985–1991. 3. Communism—Soviet Union—History. I. Title DK274. 085 21 12589041 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper In memory of my great-grandfather Michael Korolewicz (1889–1969) who had been a teacher in tsarist Poland and in America built a chrome, silver, and gold plating business. He used to take me to the park, beginning when I was in a stroller, and talk history.
In the years following that initial foray, I have been able to undertake very extensive travels, sometimes living for extended periods in the Soviet and the post-Soviet world, doing research in or familiarizing myself with every Soviet republic, except for Turkmenistan, and most countries in Eastern Europe, before and after 1989–91, as well as China and Japan. Mainly, I spent the years of Soviet and then Russian “reform” researching and writing a two-volume, French-style “total history” of the past and present of a Soviet steel town.
Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000: Soviet Collapse Since 1970 by Stephen Kotkin