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Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of Socialism / Edition 1
     

Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of Socialism / Edition 1

by Mikhail Gorbachev, Zdenek Mlynar, George Shriver, Archie Brown
 

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ISBN-10: 0231118651

ISBN-13: 9780231118651

Pub. Date: 10/22/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynar were friends for half a century, since they first crossed paths as students in 1950. Although one was a Russian and the other a Czech, they were both ardent supporters of communism and socialism. One took part in laying the groundwork for and carrying out the Prague spring; the other opened a new political era in Soviet world

Overview

Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynar were friends for half a century, since they first crossed paths as students in 1950. Although one was a Russian and the other a Czech, they were both ardent supporters of communism and socialism. One took part in laying the groundwork for and carrying out the Prague spring; the other opened a new political era in Soviet world politics.

In 1993 they decided that their conversations might be of interest to others and so they began to tape-record them. This book is the product of that "thinking out loud" process. It is an absorbing record of two friends trying to explain to one another their views on the problems and events that determined their destinies. From reminiscences of their starry-eyed university days to reflections on the use of force to "save socialism" to contemplation of the end of the cold war, here is a far more candid picture of Gorbachev than we have ever seen before.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231118651
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/22/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Conversation One: The Criss-Crossing of Our Paths1. Student Communists2. New Hopes and New Disappointments3. Twenty Years, Divergent PathsConversation Two: How We Sought to Reinvigorate Socialism1. the Prague Spring and Its Defeat2. More Democracy, More Socialism3. Freedom of Choice Either Exists or It Doesn't4. An Airplane That Took Off Without Knowing Where to Land5. What to Do With the Party? 6. Can the Use of Force "Save Socialism"Conversation Three: There's Only One World1. Breaking Out of the Dead End of the Cold War2. Socialism Is Alive as a World Process3. At a Crossroads of CivilizationConcluding Thoughts: The Conscience of the Reformer

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