By Robert Service
The chilly warfare had looked like an enduring fixture in international politics, and until eventually its denouement, no Western or Soviet flesh presser foresaw that the stand-off among the 2 superpowers - after many years of fight over each element of defense, politics, economics and concepts - could result in their lifetimes. Even after March 1985 while Mikhail Gorbachëv turned the chief of the Soviet Union it was once no longer preordained that worldwide nuclear Armageddon may possibly or will be prevented peaceably.
But simply 4 years later, the Berlin Wall was once dismantled and perestroika unfold in the course of the former Soviet bloc. It was once a sea swap in international heritage, which led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Drawing on pioneering archival learn, Robert Service's gripping new research of the ultimate years of the chilly warfare pinpoints the brilliant relationships between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachëv, Secretary of kingdom George Shultz and the USSR's final international Affairs Minister, Eduard Shevardnadze, who came across how to cooperate during periods of outstanding swap all over the world. the tale is of yank strain and Soviet long term decline and over-stretch. the tip of the chilly conflict exhibits how that small, skillful workforce of statesmen have been decided to finish the chilly struggle on their watch. within the approach, they irreversibly remodeled the worldwide geopolitical landscape.
Authoritative, compelling and meticulously researched, this is often political historical past at its best.
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The End of the Cold War: 1985 - 1991 by Robert Service