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Stalin and the Fate of Europe by Norman M. Naimark

Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

Norman M. Naimark

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Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 25 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780674238770

It can seem as though the Cold War division of Europe was inevitable. But Stalin was more open to a settlement on the continent than is assumed. In this powerful reassessment of the postwar order, Norman Naimark returns to the four years after WWII to illuminate European leaders' efforts to secure national sovereignty amid dominating powers.

4 stars out of 5
21 Dec 2019

"a timely and instructive account not merely of our own history but also of our fractious, unsettling present"

Stalin’s attempts to constrain the sovereignty of European states in the aftermath of the war inevitably evoke parallels with Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea, backing of insurgents in eastern Ukraine and support for right-wing populist parties across the EU. Those endeavouring to defend the independence of their territories and governments today would do well to look to the pragmatism, dexterity and resourcefulness of the politicians of the late 1940s. The book is a timely and instructive account not merely of our own history but also of our fractious, unsettling present.

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