Democratization and Revolution in the U. S. S. R., 1985-91

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Democratization and Revolution in the USSR, 1985-1991 presents a strikingly new view of the Gorbachev era and the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Written by one of America's most distinguished specialists on the former Soviet Union, this is the first comprehensive overview of the Gorbachev period, which it describes as a real revolution; not mere "reform." According to Hough, despite Mikhail Gorbachev's talk of a regulated market, he never understood that a market must be created on a solid ...
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Overview

Democratization and Revolution in the USSR, 1985-1991 presents a strikingly new view of the Gorbachev era and the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Written by one of America's most distinguished specialists on the former Soviet Union, this is the first comprehensive overview of the Gorbachev period, which it describes as a real revolution; not mere "reform." According to Hough, despite Mikhail Gorbachev's talk of a regulated market, he never understood that a market must be created on a solid institutional and legal base. Hough explains that Gorbachev was not alone in thinking that the destruction of old institutions was enough to unleash a market. Westerners also talked of leaping a chasm in a single jump, as if democratic and market institutions existed precreated on the other side. But precisely because Gorbachev (and later Boris Yeltsin) was encouraged in all his worst mistakes by Western advice, his failure has crucial implications for Western thinking about the process of democratization and marketization. This unprecedented book explores those implications in depth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815737490
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 442
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Prelude to Revolution 23
3 Gorbachev's Ascent and the Circular Flow of Power 61
4 The Tragedy of Economic Reform 103
5 Democratization and the 1989 USSR Election 140
6 Foreign and Domestic Policy and the Issue of Eastern Europe 175
7 Soviet Federalism and the Problem of Russia 214
8 The End of Communist Party Rule 249
9 The 1990 Russian Election 278
10 The Struggle between Gorbachev and Yeltsin 315
11 The Controversy over Economic Reform 341
12 The Union Treaty 373
13 The Russian Presidential Election and the August Coup d'Etat 404
14 Economic Options and the Breakup of the Union 449
15 Conclusion 490
Index 527
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