The Rebirth of Politics in Russia / Edition 1

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Overview

How was it that after seventy years of communist dictatorship, political life returned to Russia? This book addresses that question by focusing on the individuals, groups and movements which brought this about, their strugg les against the Soviet regime, and the ways in which these struggles shaped Russia's political rebirth. As well as offering an original theory of Soviet society, the book is richly informed by the observations and interpretations of participants and close observers, and traces the process through the communist past and the revolution of 1991, to the political system of today.
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"...this book is a good example of theoretical clarity and recent history." D. McIntosh, Choice

"...offers a valuable account of the rise of the informal movement in late Soviet Russia....the authors are to be congratulated for providing a thorough and uniquely knowledgeable analysis of an important problem." The Russian Review

"...a comprehensive study of the origins and course of emergence of post-communist politics in Russia. ...a valuable contribution to the slim body of literature on the political groupings and organizations which brought about Russia's peaceful revolution." Andreas Umland, H-Net Reviews

"...on of the first books that seeks to explain change and continuity in the Soviet/Russian political system both before and after the Soviet collapse." Michael Mc Faul, American Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521566117
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The pre-political context 1
1 Politics and communism: figure and ground 3
2 Regime and opposition in the pre-political period 28
Pt. II Perestroika and the return of political life 53
3 Perestroika: renewal, transition or transformation? 57
4 Glasnost, mass media and the emergence of political society 75
5 The informal movement: politics on the margins of the Soviet order 95
6 National elections and mass politics 119
Pt. III Politics and revolution 145
7 The politics of opposition 147
8 The 1990 elections and the politics of national liberation 172
9 Parties in movement: the articulation of Russian political society at the close of the Soviet period 201
10 Restoration and revolution 234
Pt. IV Ground up: politics in post-communist Russia 255
11 Reform, reaction and rebellion: the calamity of the first republic 257
12 Neither democracy nor dictatorship 291
Notes 311
Index 415
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