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Dream That Failed

Dream That Failed - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195102826

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ISBN13: 978-0195102826
ISBN10: 0195102827
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Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1994
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Dream That Failed - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195102826

Walter Laqueur

ISBN13: 978-0195102826
ISBN10: 0195102827
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

In The Dream that Failed, Walter Laqueur, hailed by The New York Times as "one of our most distinguished scholars of modern European history," offers an intriguing and authoritative assessment of the Soviet era--from the triumph of Lenin to the fall of Gorbachev. Sweeping away decades of conventional wisdom about the U.S.S.R., Laqueur conducts an inquiry on a grand scale explaining how the Bolsheviks won their struggle for power and captured the fire in a young generation of Russians, why the idealism faded and the system collapsed, and how western experts could have been so wrong about the Communist system. He reflects on the early enthusiasm of foreign observers and Bolshevik revolutionaries for the new Soviet order, then takes a piercing look at the totalitarian nature of the regime. He demonstrates how Communist society stagnated during the 1960s and 1970s while the economy wobbled to the brink, and how Western observers, from academic experts to CIA analysts, made wildly optimistic estimates of Moscow's economic and political strength. But in underscoring the rot and repression, he also notes that the Communist state did not necessarily have to fall when it did, and examines the many factors that contributed to its collapse.

The result of years of research and reflection, The Dream that Failed sheds fresh light on a central episode in our turbulent century.

Author Bio

Laqueur, Walter : Center for Strategic and International Studies

Walter Laqueur, co-chairman of the International Research Council at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. is author of many books, including Black Hundred and Russia and Germany.

Table of Contents

1. The Age of Enthusiasm
2. 1917: The Russia We Lost
3. The Fall of the Soviet Union
4. Totalitarianism
5. Sovietology: An Epitaph (I)
6. Sovietology: An Epitaph (II)
7. How Many Victims?
8. The Nationalist Revival
9. East Germany: A Case Study
10. Conclusion


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