The end of the cold war and the causes of Soviet collapse

Bisley, Nicholas 2004, The end of the cold war and the causes of Soviet collapse, Palgrave Macmillan, N.Y., U.S..

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Title The end of the cold war and the causes of Soviet collapse
Author(s) Bisley, Nicholas
Publication date 2004
Total pages viii, 209 p.
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication N.Y., U.S.
Keyword(s) Cold war
State, The
Soviet Union -- History -- 1985-1991
Summary "In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev ascended to power in the USSR. In selecting a young reformer to the position of general secretary, the politburo had recognised the pressing need to revitalise the Soviet Union. To this end, the leadership imposed a series of reforms aimed at reinvigorating the Soviet economy and society, of which the shifts in foreign policy were the most radical and wide-ranging. Yet, the culmination of the reform process was not Soviet reinvigoration, but the rapid collapse of the USSR. The End of the Cold War and the Causes of Soviet Collapse examines the role played by this foreign policy reform process in the breakdown of Soviet power. Nick Bisley uses a historical sociological theory of the state to analyse the influence of foreign policy alongside the other domestic factors which shaped the development, functioning and failure of the Soviet state.
He concludes that the international confrontation was an important structural element of Soviet state rule and that the end of the confrontation contributed to the destabilisation of the state in the late 1980s. Moreover, he shows that international factors are fundamental to the functioning of modern states and that international and domestic orders shape one another in vital ways."--BOOK JACKET.
Notes Table of contents: Acknowledgements List of Acronyms The Cold War and the Soviet State Historical Sociology, International Relations and the State Foreign Policy and Soviet State Power Ending the Cold War The Vulnerability of a Great Power Foreign Policy Change and State Stability Appendix: Chronology of the End of the Cold War and the Collapse of the Soviet Union References Notes
ISBN 1403935785
9781403935786
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30000395

Document type: Book
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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