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From the Publisher“For all those who believe that Russia has turned a developmental or economic, not to mention political, corner, this is a necessary and hard-hitting corrective. It also is a sobering analysis of what Russian society has undergone for almost thirty years and is likely to experience in the future. After reading this bracing and valuable analysis, few, if any, analysts will be able to look at Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin in the same light as before. And for that we should be grateful.” – Stephen Blank, Strategic Studies Institute U.S. Army War College
“Avoiding that temptation of the naïve to personalize foreign policy, Professors Rosefielde and Hedlund argue convincingly that Russia, now once again resurgent thanks to its energy windfall, is pursuing the same strategic path to which authoritarian Muscovy has hewed for more than half a millennium. More than just a reliable introduction to recent Russian history and political economy, Russia Since 1980 is a must-read for policy makers and others interested in understanding both the significant role that the Kremlin continues to play in the geopolitics of the twenty-first century as it pursues its perennial interests and the likely outcome of those restored imperial ambitions.” – J. Peter Pham, James Madison University
“Russia Since 1980 is an important and even superb work in all respects: scholarship, analysis, carefulness, and lucidity. It is not only informative, it is also eloquent. If one wanted one book to explain contemporary Russia, its character, governance, and likely direction, I would recommend this book. Its conclusions are insightful and compelling.” – William R. Van Cleave, Missouri State University
"Rosefielde (Univ. of North Carolina) and Hedlund (Uppsala Universitet) offer an interesting interpretation of post-Soviet Russia. They eschew the standard argument that Putin seized upon public dissatisfaction with the implementation of the Yeltsin-era market reforms to reestablish nondemocratic rule. the argue instead that Muscovite Russia provides a model for understanding the period from Gorbachev to Putin...This is a highly accessible book that advanced undergraduates in particular are likely to benefit from reading."
CHOICE, T.D. Clark, Creighton University