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Billington was in Moscow last August during the failed Communist coup and the democratic counter-coup that swept Boris Yeltsin into power. The Librarian of Congress and one of the foremosts expert on Russian history, Billington ( The Icon and the Axe ) views these events as a decisive turning point that transformed the Russian people psychologically, forcing them to accept responsibility for moral choices. In a stirring, perceptive eyewitness account of the coup and its aftermath, he witheringly portrays Gorbachev as a pure child of the Leninist party machine, intent only on limited reform-from-above. Traveling from Arctic Archangel to the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Billington met ordinary citizens, politicians, democratic activists and peasants as he undertook his quest for the sources of a post-Communist Russian identity. He is cautiously optimistic about the long-term prospects for democracy, placing his hope in an educated postwar, post-Stalinist generation influenced by contact with the West. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780029035153
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1992
  • Pages: 202

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction
1 The Legacy of Russian History 5
2 An Ordinary Week in Moscow: August 12-18 14
Pt. 2 Fever Break
3 The Crisis of Coercion: August 19 25
4 The Mobilization of Hope: August 20 45
5 Russia in Search of Itself: August 21-24 60
Pt. 3 Transformation
6 The Voice from Within 81
7 Meditations on the Matroshka 89
Pt. 4 Forces of Renewal
8 Waves from the West 99
9 The Breadth of Russia 110
10 The Depth of Rus 122
Pt. 5 Retrospect and Prospect
11 A Time of Troubles 145
12 The Dawn of Dialogue 162
Acknowledgments 177
Notes 179
Index 197
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