Stalin and the Cold War in Europe : the emergence and development of East-West conflict, 1939-1953

Gerhard Wettig

The Cold War was a unique international conflict partly because Josef Stalin sought socialist transformation of other countries rather than simply the traditional objectives. This intriguing book, based on recently accessible Soviet primary sources, is the first to explain the emergence of the Cold War and its development in Stalin's lifetime from the perspective of Soviet policy-making. The book pays particular attention to the often-neglected 'societal' dimension of Soviet foreign policy as a crucial element of the genesis and development of the Cold War. It is also the first to put German postwar development into the context of Soviet Cold War policy. Stalin vainly tried to mobilize the Germans with slogans of national unity and then to discredit the West among the Germans by forcing the surrender of Berlin. Further attempts to prevail deadlocked him into a confrontation with the newly united Western powers. Comparing Stalin's internal statements with Soviet actions, Gerhard Wettig draws original conclusions about Stalin's meta-plans for the regions of Germany and Eastern Europe. This fascinating look at Soviet politics during the Cold War provides readers with new insights into Stalin's willingness to initiate crisis with the West while still avoiding military conflict.

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  • Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Prelude to Postwar East-West Conflict Chapter 3 Failure of Interallied Cooperation, 1945-1947 Chapter 4 Outbreak and Culmination of the Cold War, 1947-1949 Chapter 5 Struggle for Peace, 1949-1953 Chapter 6 Stalin's Role in Cold War Interaction

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書名 Stalin and the Cold War in Europe : the emergence and development of East-West conflict, 1939-1953
著作者等 Wettig, Gerhard
シリーズ名 The Harvard Cold War studies book series
出版元 Rowman & Littlefield
刊行年月 c2008
ページ数 viii, 285 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780742555426
NCID BA84723864
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国