Russia: Experiment with a People

Russia: Experiment with a People

by Robert Service
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674021088

ISBN-13: 9780674021082

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Harvard

Since the fall of communism, Russia has witnessed a dramatic struggle between old and new, continuity and change. Corruption and violence have plagued society. Most people have benefited little from the new capitalist order. But positive changes are evident. Russians can speak and act more freely in a state that no longer intrudes on their privacy. They are able to

Overview

Since the fall of communism, Russia has witnessed a dramatic struggle between old and new, continuity and change. Corruption and violence have plagued society. Most people have benefited little from the new capitalist order. But positive changes are evident. Russians can speak and act more freely in a state that no longer intrudes on their privacy. They are able to travel abroad, enjoy unprecedented access to information from around the world, and organize and campaign for improvement in their living conditions.

In this engrossing account Robert Service traces the formation of the new Russia from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the present. He paints a fascinating picture of a people in metamorphosis. In wide-ranging discussions on topics from Kremlin politics to rock music and macroeconomics to contemporary poetry, Service takes us inside to witness the changes from both the top down and the bottom up. He examines the reforms of the Yeltsin and Putin administrations in the context of the complex communist legacy, deftly interweaving political history, intellectual thought, and popular consciousness to illuminate the real difficulties Russia has faced on its rocky path to reform.

For the second time in less than a century, the Russians have been engaged in a fundamental reshaping of their society, and the results will prove of vital importance to the global community. Robert Service has provided a valuable and engaging guide to their recent remarkable journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021082
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.93(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

One: The Project of Reform

1. For a New Russia

2. What Is Russia?

3. Who Are the Russians?

4. Public Images, 1800-1991

5. Soviet Legacies

Two: Power and the Kremlin

6. The New Russian State

7. Popular Opinion

8. Masters of Red Square

9. Economising on Reform

10. Bloodbath in Chechnya

11. Russia in the World

Three: Persuading Russia

12. Official Transmission

13. Symbols for Russia

14. Understating the Case

15. The Politics of Ideas

16. Culture for the Nation

Four: In the Russian Depths

17. Federation and the Regions

18. Russian Town, Russian Village

19. Class and the 'New Russians'

20. A Society Disclosed

21. Russiain Private

22. Future Uncertain

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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