Ending the Cold War: Interpretations, Causation, and the by Herrman

By Herrman

Even supposing in hindsight the tip of the chilly warfare was once inevitable, virtually not anyone observed it coming and there's little consensus over why it ended. a favored interpretation is that the Soviet Union was once not able to compete by way of strength, particularly within the quarter of excessive expertise. one other interpretation provides primacy to the recent principles Gorbachev delivered to the Kremlin and to the significance of leaders and household issues. during this quantity, well known specialists on Soviet affairs and the chilly struggle interrogate competing interpretations within the context of 5 ''turning points'' after all of the chilly battle. counting on new details accrued from oral heritage interviews and archival examine, the authors draw into doubt triumphal interpretations that depend upon a unmarried variable just like the stronger strength of the us and contact recognition to the significance of ways a number of components mixed and have been sequenced traditionally. the quantity closes with chapters drawing classes from the tip of the chilly warfare for either coverage making and idea development.

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Following the death of Andropov in February 1984, an attempt was made to put a stop to the rise of Gorbachev. Several members of the Politburo, led by Tikhonov, objected to Gorbachev becoming second secretary. ”8 It was not so much that they feared Gorbachev at that stage as a dangerous reformer; rather, they feared him as a young and vigorous leader liable to sweep them aside. Allowing him to become number two to Chernenko, whose life expectancy was short, was virtually to concede the succession.

Evangelista, “Sources of Moderation in Soviet Security Policy,” in Philip E. , Behavior, Society and Nuclear War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), vol. 2, pp. 254–354, and “The Paradox of State Strength: Transnational Relations, Domestic Structures, and Security Policy in Russia and the Soviet Union,” International Organization 49 (Winter 1995), pp. 1–38; Lévesque, The Enigma of 1989, pp. 38–41, and passim. 17. For recent works on Stalin that address this question, see Dimitri Volkogonov, Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy (New York: Grove, Weidenfeld, 1988); Robert C.

The Culture of National Security: Norms and Identity in World Politics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996), pp. 271–316; Jeffrey T. Checkel, Ideas and International Political Change: Soviet/Russian Behavior and the End of the Cold War (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1977). Dimitri Volkogonov, Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy (New York: Grove, Weidenfeld, 1988), ch. 54; Zubok and Pleshakov, Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War, pp. 47–53; David Holloway, Stalin and the Bomb (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994), pp.

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