Russia in Search of its Future / Edition 1

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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 analyze a Russia that 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 both by elements embedded over many generations, and the influence of seven decades of communist rule.

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" 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521483872
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Amin Saikal and William Maley; Part I. Politics: 2. Russian politics in the time of troubles: some basic antinomies A. V. Obolonsky; 3. Political leadership in post-Communist Russia Archie Brown; Part II. Economics: 4. The shape of the Russian macroeconomy William Maley; 5. Reforming Russian agriculture: privatisation in comparative perspective Robert F. Miller; 6. Privatisation of large-scale Russian industry Stephen Fortescue; Part III. International Relations: 7. From Soviet to Russian foreign policy Amin Saikal and William Maley; 8. Russia's relations with the former external empire Leslie Holmes; 9. Russia and Central Asia Amin Saikal; Part IV. Culture and Society: 10. Culture in Russia and Russian culture Sergei Serebriany; 11. Reconstruction, deconstruction and the restoration of literature in Russia Peter Sawzak; 12. Alternative visions of the Russian future John Miller; 13. Conclusion: Russia in search of its future T. H. Rigby.

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