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Nikita Khrushchev : creation of a superpower

Author: Sergei Khrushchev
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More is known about Nikita Khrushchev than about many former Soviet leaders, partly because of his own efforts to communicate through speeches, interviews, and memoirs. (A partial version of his memoirs was published in three volumes in 1970, 1974, and 1990, and a complete version was published in Russia in 1999 and will appear in an English translation to be published by Penn State Press.) But even with the opening  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Khrushchev, Sergei.
Nikita Khrushchev.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2000
(DLC) 98054931
Named Person: Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev; Sergei Khrushchev; Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev; Sergeĭ Khrushchev
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sergei Khrushchev
ISBN: 0585386145 9780585386140
OCLC Number: 49569116
Notes: Abridged and translated from: Nikita Khrushchev : krizisy i rakety.
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 765 pages) : illustrations
Other Titles: Creation of a superpower
Responsibility: Sergei N. Khrushchev ; translated by Shirley Benson ; foreword by William Taubman ; annotations by William C. Wohlforth.

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More is known about Nikita Khrushchev than about many former Soviet leaders, partly because of his own efforts to communicate through speeches, interviews, and memoirs. (A partial version of his memoirs was published in three volumes in 1970, 1974, and 1990, and a complete version was published in Russia in 1999 and will appear in an English translation to be published by Penn State Press.) But even with the opening of party and state archives in 1991, as William Taubman points out in his Foreword, many questions remain unanswered. "How did Khrushchev manage not only to survive Stalin but to succeed him? What led him to denounce his former master [an event that some interpreters herald as the first act in the drama that led to the end of the USSR]? How could a man of minimal formal education direct the affairs of a vast intercontinental empire in the nuclear age? Why did Khrushchev's attempt to ease East-West tensions result in two of the worst crises of the Cold War in Berlin and Cuba? To resolve these and other contradictions, more than policy documents from archives and memoirs from associates are needed. We need firsthand testimony by family members who knew Khrushchev best, especially by his only surviving son, Sergei, in whom he often confided. As Sergei says, "During the Cold War, our nations lived on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, and not only was it an Iron Curtain but it was also a mirror: one side perceived the other as the 'evil empire,' and vice versa; so, too, each side feared the other would start a nuclear war. Neither side could understand the real reasons behind many decisions because Americans and Russians, representing different cultures, think differently. The result was a Cold War filled with misperceptions that could easily have led to tragedy, and we are lucky it never happened. And still, after the Cold War, American-Russian relations are based on many misunderstandings." In this book Sergei tells the story of how the Cold War happened in reality from the Russian side, not from the American side, and this is his most important contribution.

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