Russia Transformed: Breakthrough to Hope, August, 1991

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New York 1992 First printing Fine in Very Good+ jacket Red quarter cloth with black boards in a pictorial jacket. 202pp. The Librarian of Congress gives his first hand, personal ... account of the 1991 Soviet coup d'?tat attempt. Light wear to jacket extremities, 1/2" closed tear to rear panel. Read more Show Less

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New York 1992 Hardcover First Edition; First Printing Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 1 x 8.2 x 5.7 Inches Autograph; 202 pages; Inscribed and Signed by the author on the ... ffep to Kay Graham Katharine Graham [1917-2001-Publisher, and later, Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company]. Clean and tight in original binding in bright fresh dustjacket (price-clipped). Billington examines the changes that have occurred in the former Soviet Union over recent years and argues the neccesity of the USA and other Western powers making positive economic, political, strategic and cultural responses to the new circumstances. Billington was in Russia at the time of the coup in August 1991. The events and attitudes he witnessed during the crisis convinced him that the Russian people had at last found the confidence and hope to act for freedom. However, he warns, despite their humiliation in 1991, the Old Guard should not be underestimated. If the new experiment with democracy founders, they will be ready to rea Read more Show Less

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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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