Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Democratic Transformation

Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Democratic Transformation

by Herbert J. Ellison

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ISBN-13: 9780802093042
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 10/02/2006
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Herbert J. Ellison is professor emeritus of history and international studies at the University of Washington, where he continues to teach. He has served as director of the University's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and was formerly director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author or coauthor of five books on Russian history and foreign policy.

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments

Introduction / Boris Yeltsin, Russian Liberator

1. Refore or Revolution? Yeltsin and Gorbachev, 1987-1991—From Colleagues to Rivals—Yeltsin Builds an Opposition Program and Russian Base—Challenging the Center—Counterrevolution and Democratic Revolution—Replacing the Union—Epilogue

2. The Politics of Reform, 1991-1999—Facing Communist Opposition—Conflicts over Policy and Consitutional Structure—Blocking Constitutional Reform—Reform and Rebellion—The New Constitutional Order—Parliamentary and Presidential Elections—The Final Phase of Yeltsin's Leadership: Economic and Political Crisis—Yeltsin Seeks a Successor

3. Building A New Economy—The Legacy of Gorbachev's Economic Reforms—The Politics and Economics of the Yeltsin Reforms—The Long Struggle for Agricultural Reform—Yeltsin's Achievement in Economic Reform

4. The New Russia and the World—Russia and the West—Russia and East Asia—Russia and the Other Former Soviet Republics—An Overview of Russian Foreign Policy under Yeltsin

The Yeltsin Legacy

NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

What People are Saying About This

Jack Matlock

Ellison’s account is, in effect, a defense of Boris Yeltsin’s place in Russian history. In this, his book differs from many treatments of the period that concentrate on shortcomings in Yeltsin’s administration to the exclusion, or near exclusion, of his achievements. While a great deal has been written about this period, Ellison has no rival when it comes to a presentation that is both comprehensive and concise.

From the Publisher

"Ellison’s account is, in effect, a defense of Boris Yeltsin’s place in Russian history. In this, his book differs from many treatments of the period that concentrate on shortcomings in Yeltsin’s administration to the exclusion, or near exclusion, of his achievements. While a great deal has been written about this period, Ellison has no rival when it comes to a presentation that is both comprehensive and concise."—Jack Matlock, Jr., former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union

"Much has been written about Yeltsin, but rarely has it been as balanced and insightful as this book. It is a much—needed, well—deserved corrective to conventional wisdom that overlooks or sells short Yeltsin's basically positive international stage."—Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and former U.S. deputy secretary of state

Strobe Talbott

Much has been written about Yeltsin, but rarely has it been as balanced and insightful as this book. It is a much—needed, well—deserved corrective to conventional wisdom that overlooks or sells short Yeltsin's basically positive international stage.

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