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Vladislav Zubok



    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

    Vladislav M. Zubok, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Specialist in Cold War and Soviet-Russian history, director of Russia global affairs programme at the LSE IDEAS, and head of Europe-Russia-Ukraine group in the LSE-Hertie School Dahrendorf Project. The list of publications include Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev with C. Pleshakov (Harvard University Press, 1996), A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), and Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia (Belknap Press, 2009). Currently finished the book manuscript “Patriotism of Pity” about life of the 20th century Russian intellectual Dmitry Likhachev

    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