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The last empire : the final days of the Soviet Union

Author: Serhii Plokhy
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, dispelling the myth that the event was spurred on in part by the close relationship between George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Serhii Plokhy
ISBN: 9780465056965 0465056962 1780745303 9781780745305 0465061990 9780465061990
OCLC Number: 859186452
Description: xxii, 489 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The last summit. Meeting in Moscow ; The party crasher ; Chicken Kiev --
The tanks of August. The prisoner of the Crimea ; The Russian rebel ; Freedom's victory --
A countercoup. The resurgence of Russia ; Independent Ukraine ; Saving the empire --
Soviet disunion. Washington's dilemma ; The Russian ark ; The survivor --
Vox populi. Anticipation ; The Ukrainian referendum ; The Slavic trinity --
Farewell to the empire. Out of the woods ; The birth of Eurasia ; Christmas in Moscow.
Responsibility: Serhii Plokhy.
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