Yeltsin's Russia And The West

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Throughout history, strong-willed Russian autocrats have rescued their country from foreign domination, disorder, and possible chaos, often using the cruelest means to achieve their ends. Gorbachev tried to implement socialism with a human face in the Soviet Union, but failed. In the early 1990s, once again, Russia needed a strong hand to pull it out of chaos. In August 1991 Boris Yeltin emerged as such a leader, but unlike earlier strong leaders, he was determined to pull Russia out of the Communist morass and affect his country's integration with Western democracies through democratic means.

Felkay carefully analyzes the impact of Yeltsin on the newly evolving relationship between Russia and the Western democracies. But separating the process of formulating foreign and domestic policies would be impossible. From the onset, Yeltsin kept both reins of decision-making firmly in hand. Accordingly, Felkay assesses Yeltsin's effectiveness in moving his country toward democracy and a market economy, and he shows the ups and downs of his pro-Western foreign policies. This book provides an important analysis for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with Russian studies, international relations, and comparative politics.

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Editorial Reviews

Concluding that "history will be kinder to him than his contemporaries," Felkay (Russian studies, Kutztown U.) sketches the political history of Boris Yeltsin's tenure in the office of the Russian presidency. Although recognizing the Russia's domestic and foreign affairs are difficult to separate into distinct phenomena, Felkay attempts to analyze Yeltsin's relationship with the Western powers in a chronological fashion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965389
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Pages: 270
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

ANDREW FELKAY is Professor of Russian Studies at Kutztown University. Among his earlier publications are Out of Russian Orbit (Greenwood Press, 1997) and Hungary and the USSR, 1956-1988 (Greenwood Press, 1989).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Making of a Rebel 7
2 From Engineer to Party Activist 13
3 Falling from Grace and Reemergence 21
4 The Way to the Top 31
5 Struggle for Power 41
6 Yeltsin Takes Control 53
7 The Demise of the Soviet Union 67
8 Yeltsin Wins a New Constitution 77
9 Yeltsin and the West - The Early Years 85
10 Backlash of the Imposed Democracy 99
11 Cooling of Pro-Western Policies 107
12 Yeltsin Holds On 123
13 The 1996 Presidential Election 139
14 The Struggle against NATO's Expansion 159
15 Government Reshuffle and Economic Crisis 173
16 Challenges at Home and Abroad 185
17 Kosovo 197
18 The Search for a Successor 211
19 Yeltsin Had the Last Word 227
Conclusion 237
Selected Bibliography 249
Index 253
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