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Yalta: The Price of Peace
 
 
Author
S.M. Plokhy.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780143118923
Pages/Publication Date 451/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30363
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When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at the Crimean port of Yalta in February 1945, Germany was still putting up stiff resistance to the Allied assault. For eight days these leaders bickered and bargained as they redrew the world map. Within months, Roosevelt was dead, Germany was defeated, Churchill was ousted, and Stalin began to consolidate his power in postwar Europe. Did Yalta pave the way to the Cold War? Did FDR give too much to Stalin? Ukrainian and Russian history professor S.M. Plokhy gives us a substantial revision of the achievements of Yalta, informed by newly declassified Soviet-era documents.

"The Big Three come to life in Plokhy's telling, and the analysis is sober and strong."—Jon Meacham

"Harvard historian Plokhy enhances his stature as a scholar of modern Russia in this convincing revisionist analysis of the February 1945 Yalta conference. Plokhy makes sophisticated use of Soviet sources to make a case that Yalta was anything but the diplomatic defeat for the West so often depicted in cold war literature. He describes Yalta in the context of a clash between different approaches to international relations. FDR was a liberal internationalist. Churchill and Stalin saw the world in terms of power and interests. And with the Red Army only 50 miles from Berlin, Stalin held the trump cards. Plokhy's detailed and highly engrossing narrative of the negotiations shows that the West did reasonably well. Roosevelt's agenda was global. He secured Stalin's commitment to join the war against Japan and participate in the U.N. Churchill, focused on Europe, preserved British interests in the Mediterranean. Stalin achieved recognition of the U.S.S.R.'s great-power status and a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. The Yalta agreement was not the first conflict of the cold war but just a step toward a cold war that emerged only after three more years of failed negotiations."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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