Post-Soviet Russia: A Journey Through the Yeltsin Era [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net - Carlos Eduardo de Mendonca

Medvedev's book is a first-rate political chronicle that will undoubtedly figure as one of the best accounts of the events described.

Times Literary Supplement - Amy Knight

Medvedev recognizes that state socialism was not an appropriate economic model for Russia, and that radical economic reforms were necessary for Russia's economic development... He argues that the approach should have been gradual, taking into account the special characteristics of Russia's social and economic infrastructure.

Booklist

Russia's best known contemporary historian comes to grips with his country in the aftermath of communism.

Choice - M. Bornstein

Shriver has assembled, and translated from the Russian, published and unpublished material by Medvedev, a Russian historian and political activist, describing and interpreting the interaction of political and economic forces in Russia from 1992 to 1999.

History

A valuable contribution to our continuing effort to understand the beginnings of the new Russia.

History - Alexander Chubarov

Unlike the many superficial and tendentious compositions on the Russian book market devoted to chronicling the social and political life of the past few years, Medvedev's book stands out as an attempt to present an objective picture of Russia's turbulent 1990s... providing a much-needed and richly informed historical perspective on Russia's development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231502634
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 394
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Roy Medvedev, a historian and political activist, was a member of the Soviet parliament from 1989 to 1991. He is the author of numerous books, including Khrushchev: The Years in Power; On Soviet Dissent; The October Revolution; and Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism.

George Shriver has translated and edited several books, including Let History Judge, The October Revolution, and Gorbachev: On My Country and the World (Columbia).


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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction
PART 1.
MYTHS AND REALITIES OF CAPTIALISM IN RUSSIA
1. A Capitalist Perestroika: First Steps, 1992--1993
2. Obstacles to Capitalist Development in Russia
3. Privatization, Government Crisis, and Elections (1993)
4. The End of Market Romanticism
5. Russia's New Class
PART 2.
THE ELECTIONS OF 1995--96 AND THEIR AFTERMATH
6. Duma Elections, December 1995
7. Gennady Zyuganov as Politician and Ideologist
8. The Inevitability of Change
PART 3.
1998: A YEAR OF UPHEAVAL
9. "War on the Rails''
10. Financial Collapse and Another Change of Government
POSTSCRIPT
YELTSIN'S LAST YEAR
11. Why the Dismissal of Primakov?
12. The Dismissal of Stepashin
13. Who Is Putin?
14. The Second Chechnya War
15. The December 1999 Elections
16. A Change Without a Coup or Revolution
Index

Columbia University Press

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