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Book on Stalin and the Cold War wins major prize for LSE academic

Vesselin DimitrovA book by an LSE academic revealing Stalin’s role in the origins of the Cold War has been awarded the Alexander Nove Prize for the best book in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet studies published in 2008.

Stalin’s Cold War: Soviet Foreign Policy, Democracy and Communism in Bulgaria, 1941–48 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), by Dr. Vesselin Dimitrov, a reader in the Department of Government, was awarded the prize by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.

The Alexander Nove Prize for scholarly work of high quality in Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet studies was established at the annual general meeting of the Association in March 1995, in recognition of the outstanding contribution to its field of study made by the late Alexander Nove. The Nove Prize has been awarded to some of the most distinguished scholars in this field, including Archie Brown, Geoffrey Hosking and Stephen White.

Stalin_cold_warDr Dimitrov’s book provides a ground breaking analysis of the emergence of the Cold War and the establishment of communism in Eastern Europe from the perspective of the Soviet Union's secretive leader. Drawing on rich new evidence from Soviet, East European and British archives, the book offers fresh and illuminating insights into the evolution of Stalin's strategy from cooperation with the United States and Britain during the Second World War to ideological and geopolitical confrontation. The book reveals Stalin's efforts to grapple with the dynamic domestic politics of postwar Eastern Europe and his key role in the gradual but inexorable shift from limited democracy to a communist system.

For more information on the Alexander Nove Prize, please visit www.basees.org.uk/noveprize.shtml

For more information on Stalin’s Cold War, please visit www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=278822

For further information, you can contact Dr. Vesselin Dimitrov on v.t.dimitrov@lse.ac.uk or 020 7955 7173, or the LSE press office on pressoffice@lse.ac.uk or 020 7955 7060/7417.