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David R. Marples

The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991 (Seminar Studies in History)

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ISBN: 0582505992
Издательство: Longman
Год издания: 2004
Book Description The collapse of the Soviet experiment was one of the major turning points in twentieth century history. During the period of 'perestroika' the Soviet Union took the first steps to becoming a civil society and started tore-examine it's Stalinist past. This new title examines the Gorbachev years, asks why the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and offers a succinct and accessible interpretation of the remarkable events that led to the collapse. Assessing the legacy of the USSR and the changes that have been wrought over the last decade, David Marples' new book provides the most complete history to date of the rise and fall of a great superpower. At the core of the book is the overarching idea of the Motherland, which fused two passionately-held beliefs and identities: Soviet and Russian society. Other key themes focus on the triumphs and the failures, New Soviet Man, and the contrasts between Moscow at the center and the rest of the sprawling empire,...