Russia in Search of its Future

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Russia's renewal since the collapse of communism has proved extraordinarily disturbed, marked by escalating conflict between President Yeltsin and the Congress of People's Deputies inherited from the Soviet era. This culminated in insurrection and violence on the streets, and when the main rebels were given amnesty in February 1994, the situation remained as uncertain as ever. The contributors to this book analyse a Russia which is searching for its future amid a maelstrom of complex forces - political, economic,...
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Overview

Russia's renewal since the collapse of communism has proved extraordinarily disturbed, marked by escalating conflict between President Yeltsin and the Congress of People's Deputies inherited from the Soviet era. This culminated in insurrection and violence on the streets, and when the main rebels were given amnesty in February 1994, the situation remained as uncertain as ever. The contributors to this book analyse a Russia which is searching for its future amid a maelstrom of complex forces - political, economic, sociocultural, and international. They examine each of these elements of Russia's situation and investigate the role that each may play in shaping Russia's fortunes into the next century. Their overall conclusion is that, whatever the exact shape of the future, it will be determined by both elements embedded over many generations and the influence of seven decades of communist rule.
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"...an important contribution by analysts of international repute to the still limited literature on post-Soviet change....The strength of the contributions is in the authors' command and detailed use of Russian primary sources....Highly recommended." Choice
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521482608
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Transliteration
1 Introduction 1
2 Russian Politics in the Time of Troubles: Some Basic Antinomies 12
3 Political Leadership in Post-Communist Russia 28
4 The Shape of the Russian Macroeconomy 48
5 Reforming Russian Agriculture: Privatisation in Comparative Perspective 66
6 Privatisation of Large-Scale Russian Industry 85
7 From Soviet to Russian Foreign Policy 102
8 Russia's Relations With the Former External Empire 123
9 Russia and Central Asia 142
10 Culture in Russia and Russian Culture 158
11 Reconstruction, Deconstruction and the Restoration of Literature in Russia 178
12 Alternative Visions of the Russian Future 190
13 Conclusion: Russia in Search of its Future 207
Notes on contributors 226
Index 229
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