Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Democratic Transformation

Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Democratic Transformation

by Herbert J. Ellison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0295986379

ISBN-13: 9780295986371

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Boris Yeltsin is one of modern history's most dynamic and underappreciated figures. In this vivid, analytical masterwork, Herbert J. Ellison establishes Yeltsin as the principal leader and defender of Russia's democratic revolution - the very embodiment of Russia's fragile new liberties, including the evolving respect for the rule of law and private property as

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Boris Yeltsin is one of modern history's most dynamic and underappreciated figures. In this vivid, analytical masterwork, Herbert J. Ellison establishes Yeltsin as the principal leader and defender of Russia's democratic revolution - the very embodiment of Russia's fragile new liberties, including the evolving respect for the rule of law and private property as well as core freedoms of speech, religion, press, and political association.

In 1987 President Mikhail Gorbachev expelled Boris Yeltsin from his team of reform politicians, but Yeltsin rebounded from this potentially devastating setback to become the leader of the Russian democratic movement. He created a new office of Russian president, to which he was elected; designed a democratic constitution for the Soviet Union that precipitated a coup attempt by traditionalist communist leaders; granted independence to the nations of the Soviet Union; and replaced Communist Party rule with democracy and the socialist economy with a market economy. In a short period, he had succeeded in becoming the first popularly elected leader in a thousand years of Russian history. He had blocked violent attempts at counter-revolution and overcome powerful resistance to his reform program. His achievements rank among the most extraordinary feats of political leadership in the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13:
9780295986371
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Jackson School Publications in International Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
313
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments

Introduction / Boris Yeltsin, Russian Liberator

1. Refore or Revolution? Yeltsin and Gorbachev, 1987-1991—From Colleagues to Rivals—Yeltsin Builds an Opposition Program and Russian Base—Challenging the Center—Counterrevolution and Democratic Revolution—Replacing the Union—Epilogue

2. The Politics of Reform, 1991-1999—Facing Communist Opposition—Conflicts over Policy and Consitutional Structure—Blocking Constitutional Reform—Reform and Rebellion—The New Constitutional Order—Parliamentary and Presidential Elections—The Final Phase of Yeltsin's Leadership: Economic and Political Crisis—Yeltsin Seeks a Successor

3. Building A New Economy—The Legacy of Gorbachev's Economic Reforms—The Politics and Economics of the Yeltsin Reforms—The Long Struggle for Agricultural Reform—Yeltsin's Achievement in Economic Reform

4. The New Russia and the World—Russia and the West—Russia and East Asia—Russia and the Other Former Soviet Republics—An Overview of Russian Foreign Policy under Yeltsin

The Yeltsin Legacy

NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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