Awakening Of The Soviet Union / Edition 2

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Overview

One of the world's preeminent scholars of the Soviet Union with many personal contacts there, Geoffrey Hosking provides a unique perspective on the rapid changes the country is experiencing. Other books have focused on the political changes taking place under Gorbachev; Hosking's lively analysis illuminates the social, cultural, and historical developments that have created the need-and openness-for sweeping political and economic change.

Hosking provides a unique perspective on the rapid changes the Soviet Union is experiencing. His lively analysis illuminates the social, cultural, and historical developments that have created the need for--and openness to--sweeping political and economic change.

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Editorial Reviews

The Nation

The Awakening of the Soviet Union does more to help English speakers understand these changes than any of the dozens of books on the subject published in the past five years.
— Anthony Astrachan

The Economist
The most useful and reliable guide to the chaos of the current Soviet Union...[Hosking's] grasp of the overall picture of the Soviet Union and of its history is solid and uncluttered.
New York Times Book Review

Among the most enlightening and informative accounts of what has already been one of the most amazing peaceful revolutions in modern times...[A] fine study.
— Adam B. Ulam

Washington Post Book World

Geoffrey Hosking has...produced a series of almost timeless essays on the deeper currents of change and reform within the Soviet system.
— Martin Walker

The Nation - Anthony Astrachan
The Awakening of the Soviet Union does more to help English speakers understand these changes than any of the dozens of books on the subject published in the past five years.
New York Times Book Review - Adam B. Ulam
Among the most enlightening and informative accounts of what has already been one of the most amazing peaceful revolutions in modern times...[A] fine study.
Washington Post Book World - Martin Walker
Geoffrey Hosking has...produced a series of almost timeless essays on the deeper currents of change and reform within the Soviet system.
The Nation
The Awakening of the Soviet Union does more to help English speakers understand these changes than any of the dozens of books on the subject published in the past five years.
— Anthony Astrachan
New York Times Book Review
Among the most enlightening and informative accounts of what has already been one of the most amazing peaceful revolutions in modern times...[A] fine study.
— Adam B. Ulam
Washington Post Book World
Geoffrey Hosking has...produced a series of almost timeless essays on the deeper currents of change and reform within the Soviet system.
— Martin Walker
Library Journal
The whirring sound heard coming from the Soviet Union these days is that of chickens coming home to roost. Hosking's book, expanded from his 1988 BBC Reith Lectures, is a timely, expert, and highly readable analysis of the current problems facing Gorbachev, how they got to be so acute, and what Gorbachev might, or can, do about them. Hosking makes clear Gorbachev's huge dilemma. The environment, the past, religion, consumer goods, nationalities--all clamor for immediate, radical redress. Can the charismatic leader prod his huge leviathan to democracy by undemocratic means? Does he even want to? Hosking is cautious but ends on a faintly optimistic note. This book is an excellent account of contemporary Soviet difficulties and prospects.For a complementary work, see also O.S. Ioffe's Gorbachev's Dilemma , reviewed in this issue, below.--Ed. -- R.H. Johnston, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario
Booknews
Based on the Reith Lectures delivered for the BBC in the autumn of 1988, Hosking (Russian history, U. of London) provides a refreshing perspective that focuses less on the political changes under Gorbachev than on the social, cultural, and historical developments that created a need for--and openness to--political and economic change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674055513
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Edition description: Enlarged Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Hosking is retired Professor of Russian History at the University College London.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Enlarged Edition

Preface to the First Edition

1. A Great Power in Crisis

2. Communities and Ideals in Russian Society

3. The Return of the Repressed

4. A Civil Society in Embryo

5. The Flawed Melting Pot

6. Religion and the Atheist State

7. The Paradox of Gorbachev's Reforms

8. From 'Informals' to Political Parties

9. Towards the Dissolution of the Soviet Union

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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