Collapse: The Fall Of The Soviet Union
- Global History, General Interest
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The undoing of the USSR
In 1945, the Soviet Union controlled half of Europe and was a founding member of the United Nations. By 1991, it had an army of four million and was the second biggest producer of oil in the world. But soon afterward, the union sank into an economic crisis and was torn apart by nationalist separatism.
Thirty years on, author Vladislav Zubok offers a major reinterpretation of the final years of the USSR, refuting the notion that the breakup of the Soviet order was inevitable. Instead, Zubok reveals how Gorbachev’s misguided reforms deprived the government of resources and empowered separatism.
Collapse sheds new light on Russian democratic populism, the Baltic struggle for independence, and the fragility of authoritarian state power.
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|Release Date:||November 30, 2021|