Cold War Energy: A Transnational History of Soviet Oil and Gas

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Jeronim Perović
Springer, Feb 28, 2017 - History - 425 pages
This book examines the role of Soviet energy during the Cold War. Based on hitherto little known documents from Western and Eastern European archives, it combines the story of Soviet oil and gas with general Cold War history. This volume breaks new ground by framing Soviet energy in a multi-national context, taking into account not only the view from Moscow, but also the perspectives of communist Eastern Europe, the US, NATO, as well as several Western European countries – namely Italy, France, and West Germany. This book challenges some of the long-standing assumptions of East-West bloc relations, as well as shedding new light on relations within the blocs regarding the issue of energy. By bringing together a range of junior and senior historians and specialists from Europe, Russia and the US, this book represents a pioneering endeavour to approach the role of Soviet energy during the Cold War in transnational perspective.
 

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Contents

A Short History
1
From World War to Cold War Soviet Oil and Western Reactions
44
From Cold War to Détente Soviet Energy and the Expansion of EastWest Trade
162
From Crisis to Collapse Soviet Energy and the Burden of Empire
319
Index
421
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Jeronim Perović is Professor of Eastern European History at the Department of History of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He specializes in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, as well as the history of the Balkans.

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