Russia between Yesterday and Tomorrow: Russians Speak Out on Politics, Religion, Sex and America / Edition 2

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Russia's transformation from a Communist society to a free-market system is exposed through the eyes of ordinary Russians—young, old, urban, rural, workers, professionals, artists, businesspeople, soldiers, the Mafia, scientists, students, and dropouts. Captured here are the changes that Russia experienced as it entered a stage of radical transformation in the early 1990s, as well as the frustration, apathy, and cynicism that a new generation still feels 10 years later. This new edition includes comments on the concerns of Russia's youth, the Internet, and Russia's adaptation to the free-market economy. This replaces 1550650610.

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Marika Pruska-Carroll's provocative book is to be welcomed . . . Pruska-Carroll captures personal elements most of her contemporaries have missed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550651737
  • Publisher: Vehicule Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Marika Pruska-Carroll teaches Russian and Eastern European politics at Concordia University in Montreal. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Preface to the Second Edition 9
Preface to the First Edition 11
Introduction 13
Part 1 Personal Experiences and Impressions
The New and Old Russia 19
Russian Television 23
Stairways at Night 27
Security 32
Shopping in Moscow 36
The Writer's Return 39
Part 2 People and Values
Just a Family 47
The Four of Us Against the World 49
A Good Profession 54
When I Grow Up I Will Go with Foreigners 55
Of God and Healers 58
The Russian Soul 63
How to be Happy 68
The Russian Character 71
Searching for New Gods 82
Long Live the Czars! 85
Russian Women: Liberated or Oppressed? 91
Forward to the Past: The Price of Femininity 102
Women as Agents of Change 108
Part 3 Politics and Economics
Communism 125
Dreams in Brown: A Talk with Vladimir Zhirinovsky 133
Of Cadillacs, Gypsies and Mother Russia 142
But What about Democracy, Ilya? 149
Will the Real Democrat Please Stand Up! 154
Economic Paradoxes 163
Back to the Soil 166
Doing Business 168
The Zil Car Factory 170
Bread or Clean Air? 173
Part 4 Ten Years Later: Russia's Youth In 2002
The Generation Gap: Russian Youth and the Prospects of Democracy 179
Youth, Political Values and Democracy 180
Russia's Hip Teenage World 181
Russia's Youth and the New Markets 183
Young Russians and Computers 185
In Place of a Conclusion 191
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