The End of the Cold War and the Causes of Soviet Collapse, by Nick Bisley
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- ISBN: 9781403935786 | 1403935785
- Cover: Trade Book
- Copyright: 9/4/2004
Soviet efforts to end the Cold War were intended to help revitalize the USSR. Instead, Nick Bisley argues, they contributed crucially to its collapse. Using historical-sociological theory, this work shows that international confrontation had been an important element of Soviet rule and that the retreat from this confrontational posture weakened institutional-functional aspects of the state. This played a vital role in making the USSR vulnerable to the forces of economic crisis, elite fragmentation and nationalism which ultimately caused its collapse.