The demise of any empire provides an occasion for fresh examination of longaccepted "truths" about its history and its intrinsic nature: What set this particular empire apart from others? Why did it develop in the way that it did? Could events have taken a different path? What legacies has the empire left to its heirs? In this volume, eminent scholars reflect on the unique and central features of the Soviet empire during its period of consolidation in Europe and speculate on the long-term effects of its collapse. They reconsider subjects that have absorbed Adam Ulam's attention in his own work—the ideologies of central planning, of totalitarianism and state terror at home, and of intervention abroad—and explore their impact on the people who lived under Soviet power at its apogee. They also analyze the unraveling of the system on the domestic scene, in elite and grassroots politics, and in the international arena. Concluding chapters focus on the configuration of new domestic and foreign policies and on prospects for security and cooperation in the region.

chapter |9 pages


BySanford R. Lieberman, David E. Powell, Carol R. Saivetz, Sarah M. Terry

chapter 1|15 pages

The Truman Doctrine and the Rhetoric of Totalitarianism*

ByAbbott Gleason

chapter 4|24 pages

The Soviet Gulag in Eastern Germany, 1945-50*

ByNorman M. Naimark

chapter 6|28 pages

Environmental Problems in Moscow

ByDavid E. Powell

chapter 9|21 pages

Military Power in Russian National Security Policy

ByMikhail Tsypkin