Flawed Succession / Edition 1

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This authoritative study examines twentieth-century Russia's four key succession crises: after Stalin's death, throughout Khrushchev's primacy, during the economic and geographic implosion of the USSR, and the end of the Yeltsin presidency. The distinguished contributors to this volume argue that the common denominator throughout has been the absence of a transparent, nonarbitrary, and generally accepted mechanism for the transfer of political power.
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The Russian Review
As the four case studies in this excellent volume demonstrate, a key obstacle to Russia's political development has been and remains a struggle for power among Soviet and now Russian political elites that has subverted the development of stable and effective state institutions and resulted in the rule of men not the rule of law. . . . While this book is fascinating 'inside baseball' for a student of Russian politics, it also raises larger questions for thought about the underlying dynamics of Russia's political development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739114032
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Uri Ra'anan is professor of international relations and director for the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy at Boston University. He is also an associate of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Sic transit : Stalin's heirs 1
Pt. II Khrushchev : and era of coups 57
Pt. III One of a kind : the Gorbachev-to-Yel'tsin transition 89
Pt. IV The 18th Brumaire of Vladimir Putin 133
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    best book on Russian history and politics in years

    The author's add a trendous amount to our knowledge of Russian history and politics, specifically at times of change at the top.

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