Table of contents for The rise and fall of the Soviet Empire / Raymond Pearson.


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1 Yalta 1945: Liberation or Occupation?              1
  The First World War and the Partition of Eastern Europe   2
  Interwar Soviet Europe                            6
  Interwar Versailles Europe                        9
  The Second World War and the Repartition of Eastern Europe   16
  Operation Barbarossa                             19
  The End of the Nazi 'New Order'                  22
2  Belgrade 1948: Cold War Empire                   25
   Military Occupation                              25
   Economic Exploitation                            28
   Strategic Insulation                             32



   Political Subordination                         37
   Ideological Conversion                          42
   The Newest Empire                               45
3  Budapest 1956: Thaw and Refreeze                50
   From Stalin to Khrushchev                       52
   Polish October, Hungarian November              58
   Reaction and Readjustment                       63
   Hollow Victory                                  69
4  Prague 1968: Spring and Fall                    71
   Return to De-Stalinisation                      71
   From Khrushchev to Kosygin                      75
   'Socialism with a Human Face'                   79
   Brezhnev and 'Normalisation'                    86
   Steady State                                    91
5  Gdansk 1980: Stagnation to Solidarity           96
   Empire on the Slide                             99
   Poland's 'Self-Limiting Revolution'            101
   1980,1968 and 1956                             105
   Empire in the Red                              109
   Grey Eminences                                 113
6  Berlin 1989: Decolonisation of the
   Outer Empire                                   116
   Gorbachev and Glasnost                         116
   The Impotence of the Powerful                  121
   The Power of the Powerless                     128
   People-Power                                   131
   Beating Retreat                                134
   Landslide and Timeslip                         139



7  Moscow 1991: Disintegration of the Inner Empire 143
   Soviet Disunion                                144
   Imperial Implosion                             152
   Conspiracy and Climax                          160
   Capitulation and Closure                       164
8  The Last Empire?                               166
   Designations and Definitions                   167
   Rising and Falling                             174
   Weaknesses and Strengths                       178
   Vices and Virtues                              185
   Retrospective and Perspective                  192