Russia's Fate Through Russian Eyes: Voices of the New Generation

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Blowing the cobwebs from antiquated notions of Russia as an enigmatic nation doomed to tragic failure, twenty-eight articulate and entrepreneurial young Russian men and women--representatives of a new generation who came of age during and after the fall of the Soviet Union--record the hopes, fears, and triumphs of recent years. These trailblazers share stories of the very specific actions they and others like them have taken to move Russia toward a more civilized, responsible, and vibrant society. They describe ...

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Blowing the cobwebs from antiquated notions of Russia as an enigmatic nation doomed to tragic failure, twenty-eight articulate and entrepreneurial young Russian men and women--representatives of a new generation who came of age during and after the fall of the Soviet Union--record the hopes, fears, and triumphs of recent years. These trailblazers share stories of the very specific actions they and others like them have taken to move Russia toward a more civilized, responsible, and vibrant society. They describe their efforts to reshape the Russian state, cope with the new economic rules, strive toward a rule of law, build a civil society, and preserve Russian culture while modernizing its educational system. They paint a picture of a society borne up in its many travails by a stubborn will to survive and by a capacity to adapt ingeniously and swiftly to changes, both welcome and unwelcome.

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Library Journal
It is often said that the rich, the educated, and the successful write history, and so it is with this highly readable collection. Isham, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and a former political and economics officer in Berlin, Moscow, and Hong Kong, has asked 28 articulate and entrepreneurial young Russian men and women to record their impressions of the past ten years. All but two or three of the essayists have doctorates from Russian universities. Nearly all of the writers recognize the yoke that 70 years of communism and the unique Russian spirit have put on the engine of new reforms in Russia. While recognizing the limitations of Russian culture, these writers are, to a person, positive about changing Russia from heavy industry to an information society. Recommended for academic and public libraries.--Harry Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. Syst., Iola Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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This book blows the cobwebs off antiquated notions of Russia as a nation doomed to tragedy. Twenty-eight Russians who came of age during or after the fall of the Soviet Union share their hopes, fears and accomplishments of recent years. While many accounts tell of feelings of frustration, disorientation and yearning for leadership, their stories are overall of concrete action, as they try to form a new Russia, more responsible, civilized and vibrant than the old. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813338668
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Heyward Isham a thirty-five-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, served as political and economic officer in Berlin, Moscow, and Hong Kong, as well as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Delegation to the Vietnam Peace Talks, prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Haiti. Ambassador Isham, who also served as the editor of Remaking Russia: Voices from Within, has been Vice President of the EastWest Institute since 1990. A long-time Russophile who has followed the country closely since his first posting to Moscow in 1955, he is a recognized expert on post-Communist societies in Europe and Asia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 A New Russia - Or the Same Old Russia? An Alternative Worldview in the Making 9
2 Protecting Fair Competition in the New Russia: A Revolution in Thinking, Not Just Economics 32
3 Reform in Russia's Regions: The View from Novgorod 43
4 Federalism, Local Self-Government, and National Renewal in Russia 65
5 The New Stage of Economic Reforms in Russia: Thoughts on Policy and Practice 81
6 Building Houses for the Newly Affluent Neat Moscow: An Entrepreneur's Perspective 99
7 A Pioneer in Russia's First Open Grain Market 107
8 Fighting for Labor Rights in a Transitional Economy 114
9 Transforming Russian Political Mores: The Key to Economic Evolution 126
10 The Legal Profession and Civil Society in Russia: Problems and Prospects 145
11 Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law 162
12 Where Society Must Rein In Government: Restorative Justice and Preservation of the Community 171
13 Nongovernmental Organizations: Building Blocks for Russia's Civil Society 193
14 On the Path to a New Russia: The Youth Movement 202
15 Empowering Russia's Women: Will Their Potential Be Tapped? 212
16 Reviving the Russian Orthodox Church: A Task Both Theological and Secular 235
17 Caring for the Homeless in St. Petersburg 250
18 What Future Awaits the Russian Press? A Prognosis 258
19 My Life, My Fate: Serveriane and Russia's North 268
20 The Rise and Fall of Environmental Protection As a National Security Issue 284
21 A Sad Tale About a Happy Fate 299
22 It's Not Easy Being a Scholar in Modern Russia 308
23 Experimenting with Liberal Education in Russia: The Break with Soviet-Era Conventions 322
24 The Architecture of Humanism in Russia Higher Education 342
25 A Theater for Oneself 357
26 Russia's Literary Revival: From Authoritarianism to Intellectual Freedom 377
Epilogue: Will Russia's Terrible Years Be Repeated? 396
Index 417
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