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Overview

In the words of George F. Kennan, Russia remains a region where "the conflicts of outlook and persuasion" have been as violent as any seen in our century. As crisis follows crisis, Western observers find the tragic complexities and cruel paradoxes of post-totalitarian Russia no less mystifying than those they encountered during the Soviet era. Looking beyond the horizon and cutting beneath the headlines, in Remaking Russia eighteen distinguished essayists of diverse backgrounds offer original insights on the three central questions Russians are now debating among themselves: Who are we? Where are we going? How do we get there? Their perspectives will retain their long-term relevance whatever the outcome of Kremlin power struggles.
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Eighteen Russian intellectuals, distinctive in age, background, and accomplishments, share their observations about the future of their country, addressing three central questions that Russians are now debating among themselves: Who are we? Where are we going? How do we get there? Translated from the Russian, with an introduction by Richard Pipes. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563244360
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor and the Contributors
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 3
1 By Candelight, Near My Beloved 13
2 In My Beginning Is My End: Traditional Values in Russian Social Life and Thought 23
3 Who Are We? 37
4 I Object: What Constitutes the Tragedy of Russian History 51
5 New Dangers, New Hopes 67
6 Russia's Silver Age, Yesterday and Today: Questions in the Void 79
7 "But Where Is the Tsar?" 91
8 The Minefield of Russian Constitutionalism: Before and After October 1993 107
9 Modern Russia and the Ghost of Weimar Germany 129
10 The Sign of Our Times: Democracy, Authoritarianism, or ... 147
11 The First Phase of Economic Reform in Russia: What Can We Expect in the 1990s? 167
12 Separatism and Federalism in Contemporary Russia 185
13 Fitting the Punishment to the Crime, and Politics Too 203
14 The Presidency in Russia: Evolution and Prospects 217
15 The Religious and Spiritual Factor in the Making of a New Russia 233
16 Reviving the Humanities in Modern Russia 255
Epilogue: Of Easter Eggs, Black Holes, and Heroes 271
Appendix: New Russia in Search of an Identity 277
Chronology: Major Events of 1985-1993, from the Appointment of Mikhail Gorbachev to the December 1993 Elections 291
Biographical Notes: Persons Mentioned in the Text 307
Index 321
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