That gives Mr Meyer the opportunity to cover much of the same territory as Mr Shub. Where Mr Shub began his explorations just before the building of the Berlin Wall and ended with the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia, Mr Meyer began with the Soviet decisions neither to occupy Poland in response to an election nor to occupy Hungary in response to a decision to open their borders and ended shortly after Romania's execution of the Ceausescus. There is a coda referring to the troubles in Jugoslawia that offers some lessons about generalising too carelessly about threats to the United States elsewhere on the basis of standing firm against Communism. Some of that is Newsweek talking back to The Weekly Standard, and some of that has potential for graduate seminars in international relations. Great story all the same, complete with a genealogical challenge: does Hungary's Miklos Nemeth, who was instrumental in his country's transition, share a common ancestor with the New York Jet quarterback who famously undid a somewhat less substantive empire?
(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)