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The last empire : the final days of the Soviet Union, Serhii Plokhy

Label
The last empire : the final days of the Soviet Union
Title
The last empire
Title remainder
the final days of the Soviet Union
Statement of responsibility
Serhii Plokhy
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On Christmas Day, 1991, President George H. W. Bush addressed the nation to declare an American victory in the Cold War: earlier that day Mikhail Gorbachev had resigned as the first and last Soviet president. The enshrining of that narrative, one in which the end of the Cold War was linked to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the triumph of democratic values over communism, took center stage in American public discourse immediately after Bush's speech and has persisted for decades - with disastrous consequences for American standing in the world. As prize-winning historian Serhii Plokhy reveals in The Last Empire, the collapse of the Soviet Union was anything but the handiwork of the United States. On the contrary, American leaders dreaded the possibility that the Soviet Union - weakened by infighting and economic turmoil - might suddenly crumble, throwing all of Eurasia into chaos. Bush was firmly committed to supporting his ally and personal friend Gorbachev, and remained wary of nationalist or radical leaders such as recently elected Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Fearing what might happen to the large Soviet nuclear arsenal in the event of the union's collapse, Bush stood by Gorbachev as he resisted the growing independence movements in Ukraine, Moldova, and the Caucasus. Plokhy's detailed, authoritative account shows that it was only after the movement for independence of the republics had gained undeniable momentum on the eve of the Ukrainian vote for independence that fall that Bush finally abandoned Gorbachev to his fate. Drawing on recently declassified documents and original interviews with key participants, Plokhy presents a bold new interpretation of the Soviet Union's final months and argues that the key to the Soviet collapse was the inability of the two largest Soviet republics, Russia and Ukraine, to agree on the continuing existence of a unified state. By attributing the Soviet collapse to the impact of American actions, US policy makers overrated their own capacities in toppling and rebuilding foreign regimes. Not only was the key American role in the demise of the Soviet Union a myth, but this misplaced belief has guided - and haunted - American foreign policy ever since
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YDXCP
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1957-
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Plokhy, Serhii
Dewey number
947.085/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DK286
LC item number
.P57 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Soviet Union
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • Nationalism
  • Nationalism
  • Cold War
  • HISTORY / General
Label
The last empire : the final days of the Soviet Union, Serhii Plokhy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-460) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The last summit. Meeting in Moscow ; The party crasher ; Chicken Kiev -- The tanks of August. The prisoner of the Crimea ; The Russian rebel ; Freedom's victory -- A countercoup. The resurgence of Russia ; Independent Ukraine ; Saving the empire -- Soviet disunion. Washington's dilemma ; The Russian ark ; The survivor -- Vox populi. Anticipation ; The Ukrainian referendum ; The Slavic trinity -- Farewell to the empire. Out of the woods ; The birth of Eurasia ; Christmas in Moscow
Control code
ocn859186452
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 489 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465056965
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014381535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 1153736
  • (Sirsi) o859186452
  • (OCoLC)859186452
Label
The last empire : the final days of the Soviet Union, Serhii Plokhy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-460) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The last summit. Meeting in Moscow ; The party crasher ; Chicken Kiev -- The tanks of August. The prisoner of the Crimea ; The Russian rebel ; Freedom's victory -- A countercoup. The resurgence of Russia ; Independent Ukraine ; Saving the empire -- Soviet disunion. Washington's dilemma ; The Russian ark ; The survivor -- Vox populi. Anticipation ; The Ukrainian referendum ; The Slavic trinity -- Farewell to the empire. Out of the woods ; The birth of Eurasia ; Christmas in Moscow
Control code
ocn859186452
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 489 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465056965
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014381535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 1153736
  • (Sirsi) o859186452
  • (OCoLC)859186452

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