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The uses of history : understanding the Soviet Union and Russia /
Alexander Dallin ; edited by Gail W. Lapidus.
imprint
Lanham, Md. ; Toronto : Rowman & Littlefield, c2009.
description
x, 271 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0742567559 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780742567559 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. ; Toronto : Rowman & Littlefield, c2009.
isbn
0742567559 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780742567559 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6970329
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alexander Dallin (1924-2000) was director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies and Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History at Stanford University. Gail W. Lapidus is a Senior Fellow Emerita at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and Emerita Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
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These ten essays reflect the remarkable breadth and analytic depth that marked Alex Dallin's preeminence as a teacher and scholar. Their insights continue to inform our understanding of Soviet and post-Soviet history and politics by critiquing, retrospectively, many common and distorting assumptions. As they are brought together in this new volume, Dallin's writings again constitute a refreshing and most welcome contribution to the historical and contemporary literature.
Through his brilliant work on the Soviet Union during the Second World War and his penetrating interpretations of the Soviet system and its place in world politics, Alex Dallin exercised a profound influence on generations of scholars. His research remains important not only for the substance of his analyses but also for the thoughtful and probing intelligence he brought to the issue of how to study the Soviet Union. It is very good to have these examples of his writing available together in this book.
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Summaries
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Exploring Soviet and Russian history, politics, and foreign policy, The Uses of History brings together the classic essays of renowned scholar Alexander Dallin. The author provides insightful analysis and nuanced interpretations of such key ”and controversial ”issues as the domestic sources of Soviet foreign policy, Stalin's leadership in World War II, Russian-American relations in the Reagan era, the causes of the collapse of the USSR, and the disappointments of Russia's post-Soviet evolution. With his incisive assessment of the biases and blunders in American interpretations, Dallin rejects single-factor explanations for Soviet and Russian domestic and foreign policies, instead examining the complex interplay of internal and external conditions, institutions, mindsets, and the role of individual leaders. All readers interested in Soviet and post-Soviet history will find this collection a stimulating and deeply knowledgeable resource.
Main Description
Exploring Soviet and Russian history, politics, and foreign policy, The Uses of History brings together the classic essays of renowned scholar Alexander Dallin. The author provides insightful analysis and nuanced interpretations of such key-and controversial-issues as the domestic sources of Soviet foreign policy, Stalin's leadership in World War II, Russian-American relations in the Reagan era, the causes of the collapse of the USSR, and the disappointments of Russia's post-Soviet evolution. Dallin rejects single-factor explanations for Soviet and Russian domestic and foreign policies, instead examining the complex interplay of internal and external conditions, institutions, mindsets, and the role of individual leaders. All readers interested in Soviet and post-Soviet history will find this collection a stimulating and deeply knowledgeable resource. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Alexander Dallin: A Singular Voicep. 1
Studying the Soviet System
Bias and Blunders in American Studies on the USSRp. 15
The Uses and Abuses of Russian Historyp. 33
The Soviet Union in World War II
Stalin and the German Invasionp. 49
The Soviet Reaction to Vlasovp. 67
The Baltic States between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russiap. 83
The Linkage of Domestic and Foreign Policy
The Domestic Sources of Soviet Foreign Policyp. 99
Reagan and the Russians: American Policy Toward the Soviet Unionp. 171
New Thinking in Soviet Foreign Policyp. 203
Soviet Politics and the End of the USSR
Causes of the Collapse of the USSRp. 219
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?p. 243
Indexp. 261
About the Editorp. 271
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