Revolution From Above: The Demise of the Soviet System [NOOK Book]

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Controversially this book argues that the ruling party-state elite in the USSR itself moved to dismantle the old system. Topics discussed include:
* the beginnings of economic decline in 1975
* Gorbachev's efforts to democratize and decentralize
* the complex political battle through which the coalition ...
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Revolution From Above: The Demise of the Soviet System

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Overview

Controversially this book argues that the ruling party-state elite in the USSR itself moved to dismantle the old system. Topics discussed include:
* the beginnings of economic decline in 1975
* Gorbachev's efforts to democratize and decentralize
* the complex political battle through which the coalition favouring capitalism took power
* the flaws in economic policies intended to rapidly build capitalism
* the surprising resurgence of Communism.
Research includes interviews with over 50 former Soviet government and Communist party leaders, policy advisors, new private businessmen, trade union leaders and intellectuals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135104351
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
A note on transliteration of Russian names
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The Soviet system
2 Socialism and the Soviet system 13
3 Growth, stagnation, and the origins of perestroika 34
Pt. II Perestroika and the demise of the Soviet system
4 Glasnost and the intelligentsia 63
5 Economic reform 73
6 Democratization 96
7 The party-state elite and the pro-capitalist coalition 109
8 The struggle for power 131
Pt. III Aftermath of the Soviet demise
9 Shock therapy 161
10 The results of shock therapy 173
11 Russia's political evolution 200
12 Lessons for the future of socialism 224
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