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Yalta : The Price of Peace - Serhii Plokhy


The Price of Peace

Paperback Published: 31st March 2011
ISBN: 9780143118923
Number Of Pages: 480
For Ages: 18+ years old

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'A colorful and gripping portrait of the three aging leaders at their historic encounter.' - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

In February 1945, three of the twentieth century's towering figures-Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin-met at Yalta, a resort town on the Black Sea, as their armies converged on Berlin. Each came with sharply different views of what the world should look like after the war. Over the course of eight fateful days they partitioned Germany, approved the most aggressive aerial bombing campaign in history, redrew the borders of Eastern Europe, and created a new international organization to settle future disputes. Two months later, Roosevelt was dead, Stalin was strengthening his grip on Poland, and Churchill was on the cusp of a humiliating electoral defeat.

For sixty-five years, opinion has been bitterly divided on what they achieved. Did Yalta pave the way to the Cold War? Did an ailing FDR give too much to Stalin? In this groundbreaking book, S. M. Plokhy draws on newly declassified Soviet documents to lay to rest the myth of Yalta and paints an original and surprising portrait of FDR as a wartime leader.

'Like Munich, Yalta is shorthand for a pivotal historical event with all the loaded emotional baggage of its consequences . . . Plokhy brings the players to life, making a familiar story feel lively and fresh.' - THE WASHINGTON POST

'A wonderful work of history: brilliantly researched and judiciously argued.' - Robert Dallek, author of AN UNFINISHED LIFE: JOHN F. KENNEDY

About The Author

Serhii Plokhii (Plokhy) is Mykhailo Hrushevsky professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University and the author of several award-winning books on Ukrainian and Russian history, including The Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine (Oxford, 2001), The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (Cambridge, 2006), and Ukraine and Russia: Representations of the Past (Toronto, 2008). His revisionist account of the 1945 Yalta conference, Yalta: The Price of Peace was released by Viking Press on 4 February 2010, to mark the 65-th anniversary of the start of the Yalta Conference.

The end of the Cold War has given scholars a chance to step back and take a more dispassionate look at those eight consequential days in February 1945. It is hard to imagine anyone doing so better than S.M. Plokhy in 'Yalta: The Price of Peace' ... colorful and gripping ... * The Wall Street Journal *
Harvard historian S.M. Plokhy has produced a gripping narrative of the eight days in February 1945 when the Big Three - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin - convened the Yalta summit as World War II raged on. * The Boston Globe *

List of Mapsp. xv
Introductionp. xxiii
Operation Argonaut
The President's Journeyp. 3
Meeting on Maltap. 20
The Tsar's Playgroundp. 36
The Red Hostp. 53
A Warriors' Summit
Reunion of the Big Threep. 69
The Winter Offensivep. 80
The German Questionp. 92
Spoils of Warp. 102
A New World Order
The Security Councilp. 117
In the Führer's Shadowp. 128
Dividing the Balkansp. 139
The Battle for Polandp. 152
"What Would the Ukrainians Say?"p. 166
The Diplomats' Chessboard
Counting Votes in the United Nationsp. 183
Stalemate on Polandp. 196
The Bomblinep. 207
The Far Eastern Blitzp. 216
"Allies Should Not Deceive"p. 229
The Wheels of Compromise
A Polish Surrenderp. 241
The Fate of Germanyp. 252
Liberated Europe and the Balkan Dealp. 263
Iran, Turkey, and the Empirep. 272
Secret Agreementsp. 285
Prisoners of Warp. 293
The Spirit of Yalta
The Last Supperp. 309
Crossing the Finish Linep. 317
Days of Hopep. 328
The Coming Storm
Signs of Troublep. 341
Spy Warsp. 353
Stalin Digs Inp. 366
After Rooseveltp. 376
Epiloguep. 389
Acknowledgmentsp. 405
Notesp. 409
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780143118923
ISBN-10: 0143118927
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 31st March 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1