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Vladislav Zubok

Former Fellow


    September 5, 2015 — December 8, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of International History, London School of Economics

    Wilson Center Projects

    "1991. Russia Destroys the Soviet Union"

    Full Biography

    A world-leading expert on the USSR and the Cold War, Vladislav Zubok grew up in Moscow, in 1993-2012 lived and taught history in the United States. His best-known books include Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War (with C. Pleshakov, 1996), A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007), and Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia (2009). He is now professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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    Major Publications


    • D.S.Likhachev v obshchestvennoi zhizni Rossii kontsa XX veka [Dmitry Likhachev in the public life of Russia at the end of the 20th century] (St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii Dom, October 2011);
    • Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia (Harvard University Press, 2009);
    • A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (The University of North Carolina Press, 2007) Published in translation in Russia, Poland, Spain, and Estonia;
    • Anti-Americanism in Russia: From Stalin to Putin, with Eric Shiraev (Palgrave Press, 2000);
    • Inside the Kremlin's Cold War. From Stalin to Khrushchev, with Constantin Pleshakov (Harvard University Press, 1996) Published in translation in Germany, Poland, and the People’s Republic of China.

    Edited Collections

    • Società totalitarie e transizione alla democrazia [Totalitarian society and transition to democracy] (il Mulino, Bologna 2011), editor; 
    • Masterpieces of History: A Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989, editor with Svetlana Savranskaia and Thomas Blanton (Central European University Press, 2010).

    Selected Papers and Chapters

    • “Soviet intellectuals after Stalin’s death and their visions of the cold war’s end” in: Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, N. Piers Ludlow, and Bernd Rother, eds,. Overcoming the Iron Curtain: Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945–1990. Vol. 11, Contemporary European History (Berghahn Books, March 2012);
    • “Gorbachev’s Policy toward East Asia, 1985-1991,” in: Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, ed., The Cold War in East Asia 1945-1991 (Stanford University Press, 2011);
    • “Soviet foreign policy from Détente to Gorbachev, 1975-1985,” in: Melvyn Leffler and Odd Arne Westad, eds., Cambridge History of the Cold War, Vol. 3 (Cambridge University Press, 2010);
    • “The Soviet Union and détente of the 1970s,” Cold War History, Vol. 8, Issue 4 (November 2008);
    • "Khrushchev and the Berlin Crisis, 1958-62" (CWIHP Working Paper 6);
    • "Soviet Intelligence and the Cold War" (CWIHP Working Paper 4).

    Previous Terms

    Sep 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012; "1991: "Russia" Destroys the USSR" January 2007 - December 2008; "Children of Zhivago: The Generation of Russian Intelligentsia After Stalin" Kennan Institute Research Grant (Feb 01, 1993 - May 01, 1993): The Rise, Continuity, and Fall of Soviet Cold War Behavior: Organizational Aspects