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The orthodox view of Vyacheslav Molotov is that he was no more than Stalins faithful servant, a dogmatic communist, and a conservative hard-liner of little or no imagination. Molotov was, indeed, Stalins right-hand man; from the 1920s to the early 1950s the two men presided over a brutal, authoritarian communist system that resulted in the deaths of millions of people. But there was far more to their partnership. In this engaging biography, Geoffrey Roberts proposes a radical reappraisal of Molotovs life and career. He argues that although Molotov, as Soviet foreign minister since 1939, was certainly Stalins cold warrior, he personally preferred détente and peaceful coexistence with the West. The differences and tensions between Molotov and Stalin came to a head in 1949, when Molotovs wife was arrested and imprisoned because of her involvement with the Soviet Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. Molotov was removed as foreign minister but was reappointed to the post after the dictators death in 1953. In 1957 Molotov was ousted from the leadership following his attempted coup against Nikita Khrushchev, Stalins successor as the leader of the Soviet Communist Party. After Stalins death, Molotov revived his efforts to curtail the Cold War and campaigned for the establishment of a pan-European system of collective security that would halt the polarization of the continent into competing military-political blocs. While Molotovs attempt to negotiate an end of the Cold War were stymied by Soviet and Western hard-liners, his campaign for European collective security paved the way to détente in the 1960s and 1970s and the abolition of the Cold War in the 1980s and 1990s.
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