"Inside The Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin To Khrushchev"

966 words - 4 pages

Vladislav Zubok and Constantine Pleshakov have written a powerful book that covers the volatile period between 1945 and 1962 as seen by the Soviet leaders. They wrote this book using recently available Soviet documents, personal interviews, archived material, and their familiarity with the Russian culture pertaining to the Soviet Cold War policies under Joseph Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev. They addressed the Soviet Union's true intentions through a series of intimate portraits that take the reader into the minds of the Soviet leaders who shaped the foreign policies and showed their motivation for directing Soviet political life as they did. Perhaps part of why this book was so powerful, is they also completed both Soviet and American graduate studies.The central interpretive argument of Zubok and Pleshakov to channel the understanding of Soviet foreign policy in the Cold War is a revolutionary-imperial paradigm that joined an imperial nature and interests from Russia's past and present with communist revolutionary ambitions that fused Russia's legacy with Marxism and Leninism. Zubok and Pleshakov explore the shifting nature and components of this prototype in a series of chapters that begin with Stalin's perception with victory in hand in 1945, through Stalin's policies in the Cold War, to the efforts of his subordinates and successors-- Molotov, Beria, Malenkov and Khrushchev--to apply their own versions of this influential prototype.By reviving the role of principles in shaping the perspective of Soviet policy makers, and, By providing key documentation of Soviet leaders - from Stalin to Khrushchev - expressing an ideological perspective in conversations with Soviet and other communist leaders, Zubok and Pleshakov have notably redirected the viewpoint of the American Cold War specialists who for decades have found it difficult to accept what historians of the Soviet Union have commonly recognized as an essential interpretive assertions.They explored how the revival of ideology had an effect on understanding Soviet policy. Stalin is the most significant and the most difficult challenge for Zubok and Pleshakov with respect to the imperial-revolutionary paradigm. Zubok and Pleshakov push the published and primary sources - including German language publications - as far as they can to demonstrate that Stalin from the 1920's on, came closest among Soviet leaders to implementing the imperial-revolutionary paradigm mixed with his sense of inferiority and chauvinistic suspicions toward anything foreign. Zubok and Pleshakov have not found a "master plan" for a communist world in the Soviet archives and they recognize that, flexible tactics characterize all of the Soviet leaders. They did not find a comprehensive strategy in the Soviet Union's confrontation with the West. Here, they were able to answer whether the Soviets had a "blueprint" for their war against capitalism or if they were merely engaging in the practice of realpolitik. Their emphasis on...

Find Another Essay On "Inside The Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev"

"The Nervous Liberals: Propaganda Anxieties from World War I to the Cold War" by Mr. Gary

1600 words - 6 pages countries and the repressive domestic climates those passions provoked." (Gary 1) Gary argues in his book, The Nervous Liberals: Propaganda Anxieties from World War I to the Cold War that propaganda, "influenced the outset of World War II and profoundly shaped liberal U.S. intellectual and political culture for the next several decades." He also argues that "concerns about the subversive effects of propaganda consistently resulted in the triumph

The Cold War from 1950-1980 Essay

2610 words - 10 pages The Cold War from 1950-1980 The period of 1950 to 1980 saw the Cold War spread from the traditional playing field of Europe to other parts of the world. However it is quite clear that the USA and the Soviet Union played only a marginal role in originating these conflicts-at the most setting up the basic framework for it to occur. Furthermore, when they did get involved they each did so to varying degrees

Joseph Stalin, The Leader of USSR from 1922 to 1953

1294 words - 5 pages Joseph Stalin, The Leader of USSR from 1922 to 1953 Every group, party and country has an ultimate advisor or leader. This person is responsible for making educated decisions based upon the best interests of their members, followers and citizens. Leaders set goals and create objectives that the people they control will work towards

What Factors Led to the Cold War?

846 words - 3 pages responsible for the Cold War. It states that the Soviets were inevitably expansionist , due to their suspicion of the West. Thus, Stalin violated the Yalta and Potsdam agreements, occupied and imposed Soviet control in Eastern Europe and decides to ¨plot¨ the spread of Communism throughout the world with Moscow as its centre. The Revisionist view had an alternative perspective about the Cold War. They held the USA responsible for the Cold War. The

From the Inside Out

749 words - 3 pages job for Helen. He didn’t really need her but he said he felt right bad about the way things turned out” (Lee 248). Although Mr. Link Deas already has enough help on his farm, he still hires Helen because he knows that Tom was an innocent man. His actions resulted from his own perception of right and wrong and personal feelings about the trial rather than society’s standard to not hire a “guilty” black man’s wife. Also, when Atticus agrees to defend

Marketing from the Inside

1928 words - 8 pages Intro Marketing takes place all around us, from the Levi’s jeans we wear on a casual Friday to the Sony screen advertising the latest Hungry Jacks’ combo meal you see while driving your German-made Mercedes down to work. According to Grönroos, he stated that marketing in short was, “Delivering superior value to customers is an ongoing concern of management in many business markets today, and the value concept is considered one of the most

Cold war: bridging the gap to peace

567 words - 2 pages missiles to be used at their disposal. At the end of the Cold War and the fall of the U.S.S.R., both countries looked for ways to reduce the number of arms to prevent this atrocity from every happening again. In 1979, SALT-II was signed by the two countries but was lost over a quarrel over Afghanistan. What people don’t realize was that the talks resumed and created a new program to further limit the number of ICBMs and other weapons of mass

The Cold War connected to today

1406 words - 6 pages Cold War, there were many more times that caused American citizens to feel threatened, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the summer of 1962, American Spy planes had gained insight that the Soviet Union had placed long-ranged missiles in Cuba that were pointed toward to the United States. With Cuba only being 90 miles away from the coast of Florida this caused a large threat to the United States. President Kennedy ordered that there be a naval

Unraveling the Medieval Castle from the Outside to the Inside

2012 words - 8 pages “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever (Hengeveld web).” This verse from 2 Samuel 7:16 puts in perspective the extravagant castles that have been built over time do not even compare to the kingdom that has been built by God. The brilliant minds of the people who designed and built these earthly fortresses were considered striking, but God’s kingdom will conquer all one day. The

Cold War Brinkmanship - Assignment: compare the cold war to pop culture

627 words - 3 pages War as a historical reference from pop culture. When Eric and Donna get into an argument over the project, similar to the Yalta Conference argument between Stalin and the Western powers over the future of Poland, Donna refuses to have sex with Eric until the argument is resolved because she wants Eric to give in to her attempt at power and control. This refers to how Winston Churchill, in his "Iron Curtain" Speech of 1946, refused to say that a

The War Inside the Military

942 words - 4 pages The War inside the MilitaryIn the midst of the war on terrorism the United States is increasingly depending on its military men and women. President Bush, Congress, and the American Press have heaped richly deserved praise on the military, and they should. It has been thirty years since the United States drafted men into the service. The United States Military is now a professional, all- volunteer force. However, in spite of their importance to

Similar Essays

To What Extent Did Khrushchev Help Diffuse The Cold War Up To 1960?

576 words - 2 pages and influence of the West and its Eastern allies, respectively.Under Stalin, the USSR was incessantly preparing for US aggression, while trying to rebuild a war-torn Soviet Union. The dilemma was the choice between bread for the Russian people and protection for the nation, both of which were essential to the country's survival. Khrushchev did not inherit a Russia that was free from bondage, and thus he had to find a way to negotiate with the

From The Cold War To Today

994 words - 4 pages spending really did help the U.S. army force. They are one of the groups that benefited from the legacy of cold war. With enough military budget, lives standard for soldiers got better and safer.   The buildup tension between the United States and Soviet Union was mainly due to the differentiation in political beliefs. Russian politician Vladimir Lenin once point out that “Unevenness of economic and political development is the inflexible law of

To What Extent Can Stalin Be Held Responsible For The Cold War?

1071 words - 4 pages Stalin only holds a half of the blame for the start of the cold war.There were a lot of contributing factors which came from the USA USSR and GB (France did not play such a big role in the origin of the cold war). The second incident that is worth noting is that after the presidential elections in the USA the new president goes up to Stalin and tells him about the atomic bomb evidently trying to scare the living daylights out of Stalin. Although

“Who Was More To Blame For The Origins And Development Of The Cold War In Europe: Stalin Or Truman?”

1401 words - 6 pages Untitled "Who was more to blame for the origins and development of the Cold War in Europe: Stalin or Truman?" The cold war was a period of intense antagonism between the two superpowers- the United States and the Soviet Union, lasting from 1945-1991. Both leaders, Stalin and Truman, had a huge role to play in the cold war, but ultimately, it was Stalin who was more to blame for the origins and development of the cold