The Resource Last of the empires : a history of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991, John L.H. Keep

Last of the empires : a history of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991, John L.H. Keep

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Last of the empires : a history of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991
Title
Last of the empires
Title remainder
a history of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991
Statement of responsibility
John L.H. Keep
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this book, John Keep gives a narrative history of the USSR from the last years of Stalin's despotic rule to the eventual collapse of the empire in 1991. During these years living standards slowly improved as various attempts were made to reform Communist rule. Although material prosperity rose under Khrushchev and Brezhnev, however, the Communist system itself began to erode. The official ideology grew less and less relevant to people's everyday concerns; the Party lost its moral authority. The early 1980s saw a growing black market economy, incompetent management, and agricultural waste. When control passed to pragmatic, younger leaders like Gorbachev, their attempts to reinvigorate the economy by appealing to the intelligentsia opened a Pandora's box of conflicting opinions. The Party surrendered its monopoly of power, central institutions crumbled, and the centrifugal forces emanating from national minorities culminated in the empire's downfall
  • Since 1988 the mantle of Soviet secrecy has slowly been lifted, allowing historians access to some of the country's vast archival resources. Last of the Empires explores the central currents of political, cultural, social, and economic development running through forty-six crucial years of Soviet rule, and enables us to gain a greater understanding of one of the most tragic experiences in human history
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keep, John L. H
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DK267
LC item number
.K38 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soviet Union
  • URSS
  • URSS
  • Soviet Union
  • URSS
  • Sowjetunion
  • Histoire
Label
Last of the empires : a history of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991, John L.H. Keep
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Publication
Note
"An OPUS book"--CIP half-title p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The dark ages -- Stalin's last years -- Hope frustrated -- A reformer in the Kremlin -- Civilizing Soviet government -- Reorienting the economy -- Priority for the village -- The rebirth of conscience -- The National Mosaic -- Civil society resurgent -- For faith and freedom -- The Lubianka and the Kremlin -- The party in disarray -- An economy in trouble -- Agrarian and environmental dilemmas -- Social breakdown, cultural renovation -- The Russian national movement -- The restless empire -- The empire cracks up -- Revolution from above -- Revolution from below -- Nemesis
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 477 pages
Isbn
9780192192554
Lccn
94037237
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31376780
  • (OCoLC)ocm31376780
Label
Last of the empires : a history of the Soviet Union, 1945-1991, John L.H. Keep
Publication
Note
"An OPUS book"--CIP half-title p
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The dark ages -- Stalin's last years -- Hope frustrated -- A reformer in the Kremlin -- Civilizing Soviet government -- Reorienting the economy -- Priority for the village -- The rebirth of conscience -- The National Mosaic -- Civil society resurgent -- For faith and freedom -- The Lubianka and the Kremlin -- The party in disarray -- An economy in trouble -- Agrarian and environmental dilemmas -- Social breakdown, cultural renovation -- The Russian national movement -- The restless empire -- The empire cracks up -- Revolution from above -- Revolution from below -- Nemesis
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 477 pages
Isbn
9780192192554
Lccn
94037237
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31376780
  • (OCoLC)ocm31376780

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