The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991.

Service, Robert.

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Meticulously researched, his investigation into the final years of the war that had seemed like a permanent fixture in global politics, is an authoritative political history. It was a time of extraordinary change around the world and it could have ended badly for everyone. But a small skilful group of statesman irreversibly transformed the global geopolitical landscape on their watch. Illustrated with colour plates.


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"An abundance of superbly organized material" Independent The dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the spread of Perestroika throughout the former Soviet bloc was a sea change in world history and two years later resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In The End of the Cold War, acclaimed Russian historian Robert Service examines precisely how that change came about. Drawing on a vast and largely untapped range of sources, he builds a picture of the two men who spearheaded the breakthrough: Ronald Reagan, President of the United States, and Mikhail Gorbachev, last General Secretary of the Soviet Union and first and last President of the USSR. He also analyses the role of influential players not only in America and the USSR, but throughout Eastern and Western Europe, and focuses especially on Pope John Paul II, Lech Watesa and Vaclav Havel. Authoritative, compelling and meticulously researched, this is political history at its best. PRAISE FOR ROBERT SERVICE "Our leading historian of the Soviet Union ... magisterial" Observer "Detailed and clear ... his main strength is his forensic challenge to the cliches and myths on which western triumphalism about the Cold War is based ... Service is an authoritative voice offering a more nuanced view." Sunday Times

Book Details

Author Service, Robert.
Format HC
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan
Number of Pages 562
Publish Date 1/10/2015
Catalogue Jul19
Catalogue book number 169