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Stalin's drive to the West, 1938-1945 : the origins of the Cold War

Author: R C Raack
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Exploiting new findings from former East Bloc archives and from long-ignored Western sources, this book presents a wholly new picture of the coming of World War II, Allied wartime diplomacy, and the origins of the Cold War. The author reveals that the story - widely believed by historians and Western wartime leaders alike - that Stalin's purposes in European diplomacy from 1938 on were mainly defensive is a fantasy.
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Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Staline; Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R C Raack
ISBN: 0804724156 9780804724159
OCLC Number: 31901478
Description: viii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Stalin Takes the Revolution One Step West --
2. Stalin Fights the War --
of Defense --
3. Behind Red Army Lines: Poland --
4. Backdrop for the Developing Cold War: Wartime Conflict over Poland --
5. Behind Red Army Lines: Germany --
6. Stalin in the Heart of Europe: The Stalemate at the Cecilienhof.
Responsibility: R.C. Raack.
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