Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders / Edition 1

Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders / Edition 1

by George W. Breslauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521892449

ISBN-13: 9780521892445

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How did Gorbachev and Yeltsin get away with transforming and replacing the Soviet system and its foreign relations? Why did they act as they did in pushing for such radical changes? And how will history evaluate their accomplishments? In this unique and original study, George W. Breslauer compares and evaluates the leadership strategies adopted by Gorbachev and…  See more details below

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How did Gorbachev and Yeltsin get away with transforming and replacing the Soviet system and its foreign relations? Why did they act as they did in pushing for such radical changes? And how will history evaluate their accomplishments? In this unique and original study, George W. Breslauer compares and evaluates the leadership strategies adopted by Gorbachev and Yeltsin at each stage of their administrations: political rise, political ascendancy, and political decline. He demonstrates how these men used the power of ideas to mobilize support for their policies, to seize the initiative from political rivals, and to mold their images as effective problem solvers, indispensable politicians, and symbols of national unity and elan. Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders also compares these men with Khrushchev and Brezhnev, yielding new insight into the nature of Soviet and post-Soviet politics and into the dynamics of "transformational" leadership more generally. The book is an important contribution to the analysis and evaluation of political leadership. It is well written and accessible to the nonspecialist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521892445
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Leadership Strategies in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics1
2Gorbachev and Yeltsin: Personalities and Beliefs22
3The Rise of Gorbachev41
4Gorbachev Ascendant59
5Gorbachev on the Political Defensive79
6Yeltsin versus Gorbachev108
7Yeltsin Ascendant141
8Yeltsin on the Political Defensive174
9Yeltsin Lashes Out: The Invasion of Chechnya (December 1994)196
10Yeltsin's Many Last Hurrahs214
11Explaining Leaders' Choices, 1985-1999231
12Criteria for the Evaluation of Transformational Leaders262
13Evaluating Gorbachev as Leader271
14Evaluating Yeltsin as Leader295
Index319

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