Archie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent books are The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War (2020), The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age (2014; with updating new Foreword in 2018 paperback reprint), The Rise and Fall of Communism (2009) and Seven Years that Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective (2007). You can enter discount code ASFLYQ6 on the checkout page of the OUP website for 30% off The Human Factor.
Kristina Spohr is a specialist in the International History of Germany since 1945 and interested in questions of World Order, Diplomacy & Strategy and the practice of Applied History. She is now writing a global history on the Arctic. Spohr is author of a dozen books or edited volumes. In 2019/21 her monograph Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World the World After 1989 (HarperCollins, 2019 and Yale UP, 2020 ) was published together with the Spanish Edition Después del Muro (Taurus, 2021) and the German edition Wendezeit (Deutsche Verlags Anstalt, 2019) which won the prize “Das politikwissenschaftliche Buch” 2020 for the best political science book published in Germany that year.
Vladislav Zubok is professor of international history, with expertise on the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century. His most recent books are Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union (2021), The Idea of Russia: The Life and Work of Dmitry Likhachev (2017), Dmitry Likhachev. The Life and the Century (in Russian, 2016) A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007) and Zhivago’s Children: the Last Russian Intelligentsia (2009).
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Michael Cox is Founding Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE. His new book, Agonies of Empire: US Power From Clinton to Biden, will be published in 2022.