Soviet Politics: In Perspective / Edition 2

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Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition offers a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the Soviet system, from its rise in 1919 to its collapse in 1991. The book is divided into five parts, which focus on key aspects of Soviet politics: historical

perspectives from the Tsarist regime to Gorbachev, local and national government institutions, theoretical approaches to Soviet politics, key foreign and domestic policy areas, and an evaluation of Soviet rule and the reasons for its collapse. Providing key texts and bibliographies, this

book offers the complete history and politics of the Soviet period in a single volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415071536
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface to the second edition
Pt. I History
1 The Russian legacy 3
2 The creation of the Soviet state 16
3 Stalin and Stalinism 29
4 Khrushchev and destalinisation 50
5 From Brezhnev to Gorbachev 66
Pt. II Government
6 The communist party 83
7 The structure of power 106
8 Security and justice 120
9 Local government and participation 129
Pt. III Politics
10 Power and policy-making 149
11 Ideology and authority 170
12 Class and gender 186
13 From dissent to pluralism 201
Pt. IV Policies
14 The command economy and reform 219
15 Nationality politics 237
16 Foreign and defence policy 254
Pt. V Perspectives
17 Rise and fall of the Soviet system 277
18 Conclusion: Soviet politics in perspective 289
Notes 293
Bibliography 303
Index 343
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