Post-Soviet Russia

Post-Soviet Russia

by Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231106076

ISBN-13: 9780231106078

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Roy Medvedev, one of the world's best-known Russian scholars and a former consultant to both Gorbachev and Yeltsin analyzes the main events that have transpired in the Russian federation since late August 1991. He looks at the plans that were meant to restructure a society in crisis but—for reasons both complex and obvious—were destined to fail. From the

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Roy Medvedev, one of the world's best-known Russian scholars and a former consultant to both Gorbachev and Yeltsin analyzes the main events that have transpired in the Russian federation since late August 1991. He looks at the plans that were meant to restructure a society in crisis but—for reasons both complex and obvious—were destined to fail. From the drastic liberalization of prices and "shock therapy" to the privatization of state owned property and Yeltsin's resignation and replacement by Vladimir Putin, this is an intricately fascinating saga of good intentions, philosophical warfare, and catastrophic miscalculations.

Among the many compelling facts detailed here are Yeltsin's utter surprise—and lack of preparation—at the failed coup against Gorbachev in 1991, when power fell virtually into his lap; his failure to heed the warnings of learned advisers like Yuri Yaremenko, who knew that Western economics could not be applied to Russia; and Yeltsin's dramatic (and unprecedented) decree in 1992 allowing anyone to sell or buy anything they wished.

In a sweeping conclusion covering the critical events of 1998 and 1999 as well as a detailed analysis of the 1995 and 1996 elections, Medvedev lays forth an exhaustive survey of recent political shifts, attitudes, statistics, and trends. From birth and death rates on the farm and in the city through a number of highly charged campaigns and elections to the new goal of the Communist Youth League (to become millionaires), this is a breathtakingly detailed survey of an unforgettable chapter in Russia's history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231106078
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
0.91(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Translator's NoteIntroductionPART 1. MYTHS AND REALITIES OF CAPTIALISM IN RUSSIA1. A Capitalist Perestroika: First Steps, 1992—19932. Obstacles to Capitalist Development in Russia3. Privatization, Government Crisis, and Elections (1993)4. The End of Market Romanticism5. Russia's New ClassPART 2. THE ELECTIONS OF 1995—96 AND THEIR AFTERMATH6. Duma Elections, December 19957. Gennady Zyuganov as Politician and Ideologist8. The Inevitability of ChangePART 3. 1998: A YEAR OF UPHEAVAL9. "War on the Rails''10. Financial Collapse and Another Change of GovernmentPOSTSCRIPTYELTSIN'S LAST YEAR11. Why the Dismissal of Primakov? 12. The Dismissal of Stepashin13. Who Is Putin? 14. The Second Chechnya War15. The December 1999 Elections16. A Change Without a Coup or RevolutionIndex

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