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Title A cardboard castle? : an inside history of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991 / edited by Vojtech Mastny and Malcolm Byrne ; editorial assistant Magdalena Klotzbach.

Published New York : Central European University Press, 2005.

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 UniM Bail  355.0310947 CARD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xlx, 726 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Series National Security Archive Cold War readers.
National Security Archive Cold War readers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 693-704) and index.
Contents The formative years -- The crisis -- The alliance at its peak -- The incipient decline -- Disintegration.
Summary Annotation The first book to document, analyze, and interpret the history of the Warsaw Pact based on the archives of the alliance itself. As suggested by the title, the Soviet bloc military machine that held the West in awe for most of the Cold War does not appear from the inside as formidable as outsiders often believed, nor were its strengths and weaknesses the same at different times in its surprisingly long history, extending for almost half a century. The lengthy introductory study is followed by 193 documents, most of them top secret when created and have only recently been obtained from Eastern European archives by the Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact, an international consortium of scholars. The majority of the texts have never appeared in English before, and each of them is accompanied by explanatory remarks. A chronology of the main events in the history of the Warsaw Pact, a list of its leading officials, a selective multilingual bibliography, and an analytical index completes the book.
Annotation This is the first book to document, analyze, and interpret the history of the Warsaw Pact based on the archives of the alliance itself. As suggested by the title, the Soviet bloc military machine that held the West in awe for most of the Cold War does not appear from the inside as formidable as outsiders often believed, nor were its strengths and weaknesses the same at different times in its surprisingly long history, extending for almost half a century.
Other author Mastny, Vojtech, 1936-
Byrne, Malcolm.
Subject Warsaw Treaty Organization -- History.
Warsaw Treaty Organization -- History -- Sources.
Cold War.
Europe, Eastern -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Europe, Eastern -- History, Military -- 20th century -- Sources.
History.
Military history.
Sources.
ISBN 9637326081
9789637326080
9637326073
9789637326073