From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953
By (author) Geoffrey Roberts
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Stalin's Wars by Geoffrey Roberts
Book DescriptionThis breakthrough book provides a detailed reconstruction of Stalin's leadership from the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 to his death in 1953. Making use of a wealth of new material from Russian archives, Geoffrey Roberts challenges a long list of standard perceptions of Stalin: his qualities as a leader; his relationships with his own generals and with other great world leaders; his foreign policy; and his role in instigating the Cold War. While frankly exploring the full extent of Stalin's brutalities and their impact on the Soviet people, Roberts also uncovers evidence leading to the stunning conclusion that Stalin was both the greatest military leader of the twentieth century and a remarkable politician who sought to avoid the Cold War and establish a long-term detente with the capitalist world. By means of an integrated military, political, and diplomatic narrative, the author draws a sustained and compelling personal portrait of the Soviet leader. The resulting picture is fascinating and contradictory, and it will inevitably change the way we understand Stalin and his place in history. Roberts depicts a despot who helped save the world for democracy, a personal charmer who disciplined mercilessly, a utopian ideologue who could be a practical realist, and a warlord who undertook the role of architect of post-war peace.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300136227
(234mm x 156mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Marshal of Victory, Paperback / softback (September 2015)
Originally published: Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Military, 2013.
Stalin's General, Paperback (May 2013)
Drawing on rich new sources from the recently-opened Soviet archives, Geoffrey Roberts has fashioned the definitive, first full-scale biography of this seminal 20th century figure.
Molotov, Hardback (March 2012)
The orthodox view of Vyacheslav Molotov is that he was no more than Stalin's faithful servant; a dogmatic conservative communist of little or no imagination. Molotov was, indeed, Stalin's right-hand man while from the 1920s the two men presided over a brutal, authoritarian communist system that led to the deaths of millions of people.
Victory at Stalingrad, Paperback (November 2002)» View all books by Geoffrey Roberts
The Battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of World War II and one which claimed literally hundreds of thousands of lives. This title is published to coincide with 60th anniversary of the most important battle of World War II.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey Roberts
Geoffrey Roberts is professor of history at the University College Cork, Ireland. He is a frequent contributor to British, Irish and American newspapers and to popular history journals and he has acted as a consultant for a number of TV and radio documentaries. His publications include Victory at Stalingrad (Longman/Pearson, 2002) and The Soviet Union in World Politics (Routledge, 1998).
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