The Sons Of Sergei

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This edited collection brings together noted scholars in a comparison of the reform efforts of Nikita Khrushchev and Mikhail Gorbachev. Contributors examine the Communist Party in KhrushcheV's and GorbacheV's times, the economy, agriculture, law, ideology, nationality policy, foreign affairs, defense policy, and Eastern Europe. These experts suggest that while there are many similarities between the reform efforts of the two leaders—common substantive themes, common problems, and common political dangers—there ...

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Overview

This edited collection brings together noted scholars in a comparison of the reform efforts of Nikita Khrushchev and Mikhail Gorbachev. Contributors examine the Communist Party in KhrushcheV's and GorbacheV's times, the economy, agriculture, law, ideology, nationality policy, foreign affairs, defense policy, and Eastern Europe. These experts suggest that while there are many similarities between the reform efforts of the two leaders—common substantive themes, common problems, and common political dangers—there are also important differences, the most crucial of which has been GorbacheV's willingness to undertake fundamental systemic changes in the nature of the political system.

This important and timely volume will be of interest to scholars in Russian history and studies, Marxism, and Soviet history and studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275940119
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/1992
  • Pages: 266
  • Lexile: 1670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD R. KELLEY is Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Fellow of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations at the University of Arkansas.

SHANNON G. DAVIS is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Khrushchev and Gorbachev as Reformers: Framing the Question 1
2 Khrushchev, Gorbachev, and the Party 5
3 Gorbachev, Khrushchev, and Economic Reforms: Two Characters in Search of a Miracle 27
4 The Krushchev and Gorbachev Agricultural Reforms: A Comparative Analysis 47
5 Khrushchev and Gorbachev as Legal Reformers: The Role of Law in Soviet Reforms 71
6 Ideology under Khrushchev and Gorbachev: Contradictions and the Future 91
7 The Unexpected Revolution: Gorbachev, Glasnost, and Nationalities Policy 123
8 Domestic Reforms and Foreign Policy: An Interpretation of the Domestic Roots of Foreign Policy under Khrushchev and Gorbachev 153
9 Khrushchev's and Gorbachev's Reforms in National Security Policy 173
10 Khrushchev and Gorbachev in Eastern Europe 195
11 Socialist Internationalism Revisited: Khrushchev, Gorbachev, and Eastern Europe 215
12 Conclusion: Looking Back on the Sons of Sergei 235
Suggested Readings 243
Index 247
About the Editors and Contributors 255
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