Stalin and the Cold War in Europe: The Emergence and Development of East-West Conflict, 1939-1953

The ninth book, Stalin and the Cold War in Europe: The Emergence and Development of East-West Conflict, 1939–1953 by Gerhard Wettig, provides a detailed look at Soviet foreign policymaking during Stalin’s final years and analyzes Stalin’s objectives in Europe.  The book offers a nuanced assessment of specific Soviet actions in Europe, showing how a Communist bloc gradually took shape in the large swaths of territory under Soviet control.  Wettig also assesses Stalin’s willingness to provoke crises with the United States while avoiding direct military conflict. Reviewers praised the book as “a fine survey that painstakingly reconstructs the Soviet perspective on the major developments and decisions that led to the emergence of the Cold War.”  Another reviewer wrote that “this impressive book is a valuable addition to the literature — not only because of its sensible judgments and important insights, but also because it allows an English-speaking audience to have access to critical archival sources as well as the latest research published in several languages. Stalin and the Cold War represents a major achievement in a long scholarly career dedicated to a greater understanding of Soviet behavior in the Cold War.”