By Vladislav M. Zubok
Western interpretations of the chilly War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred by way of exaggerating both the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the pursuits, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok deals a Soviet viewpoint at the maximum standoff of the 20 th century.
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73 Commentators in the early 1870s nonetheless emphasized the dynamism of the new city. Military engineers and architects combined with Russian and Central Asian work artels (cooperatives) to realize Makarov’s plan. In 1872, N. N. Karazin wrote in the popular St. Petersburg journal Vsemirnaia Illiustratsiia that “for six years, a large, com- 38 Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent pletely Russian city has been developing, comparable to many of our governing cities. Long, wide, and straight streets, adorned along their sides by thick poplars, growing not by the day, but by the hour.
It is an entire local encyclopedia, containing most of the works relative to the history and to different facets of social life, the administration, and the economy. This collection is invaluable to the province’s leaders, all the more so since these people, separated from the metropole by impassable steppes must, in many questions of administration, make decisions themselves. The acquisition of a province such as Turkestan has a great importance for Russia. It guarantees our Asian borders against the invasion of brigands and has given the conquered country the benefits of European civilization.
Dukhovskoi, 1898. Tsentral’nyi Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv kinofotofonodokumentov Uzbekistana. journey as part of their “civilizing mission,” to bring European power and progress to distant Asian lands. ”29 The governor-general embodied the Promethean spirit, as the tsar’s representative of “civilization” before the Asian masses. The passage of the governor-general under the arch into the safety of Russian Tashkent signified the relief Russians felt upon surviving the voyage. ”30 The first novel about Russian Tashkent, by N.
A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (The New Cold War History) by Vladislav M. Zubok