Almost twenty years after the Soviet Unions' end, what are we to make of its existence? Was it a heroic experiment, an unmitigated disaster, or a viable if flawed response to the modern world? Taking a fresh approach to the study of the Soviet Union, this Very Short Introduction blends political history with an investigation into the society and culture at the time.
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Under the General Editorship of Dr Harold Shukman of St Antony's College, Oxford, these volumes are written by leading scholars for a student and non-specialist readership. Particular attention is paid throughout to the role of Russia in its wider European context. When the first edition of this book was published the name Gorbachev did not even appear in the index and the Soviet Union was a Superpower; today, only a few years later, Gorbachev has gone, the USSR has dissolved and the great Soviet experiment is over.
WINNER OF THE PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK PRIZE 2015On Christmas Day 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union. By the next day the USSR was officially no more and the USA had emerged as the world's sole superpower. Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy presents a page-turning account of the preceding five months of drama, filled with failed coups d'etat and political intrigue.
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