Gorbachev: The Man and the System

Gorbachev: The Man and the System

by John Farrar


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Gorbachev: The Man and the System by John Farrar

Gorbachev: The Man and the System portrays Gorbachev's rise to power and his tenure in offi ce against the background of a period of critical change and development in the Soviet system. The research is primarily based on Soviet materials, supplemented and critically compared with a wide range of Western press and academic studies. Both Zemtsov and Farrar bring to the analysis their own experiences, acquired under different circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412807173
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Ilya Zemtsov was born in the Baku region of Russia. He holds advanced graduate de­grees in philosophy and sociology. Prior to his departure from Russia in 1973, he was a member of the executive board of the Soviet Sociological Association, and di­rector of the department of social science at institutes of higher education in his -native Baku and in Yaroslav. After his emi­gration to Israel, he was a professor at the Hebrew University. Presently, he is the di­rector of the International Research Cen­ter on Contemporary Society, and editor in chief of Crossroads, a quarterly journal issued in England. He has authored sev­eral books on Soviet society and polity, including a major study of Gorbachev pub­lished earlier this year by Transaction. Dr. Zemtsov is a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

John H. Farrar was head of the Department of Strategic Studies, IRCCS, until the summer of 1987. Since completing the book, he has joined the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. During his thirty year career in the U.S. Army, he held a variety of positions on the Department of Army staff, in the Defense Intelligence Agency, and at NATO headquarters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Prologue: Gorbachev's Dilemma     ix
Editor's Preface     xv
A New Leadership for Old Problems and Future Challenges     1
Internal Politics
Selected Chronology of Significant Internal Developments and Events, March 1985 through June 1987     21
New Wine in Old(?) Bottles: Leadership and Personnel Changes     31
To Build a Better Mousetrap: The Economy     49
Images versus Reality: The Society and the Style     85
Is the Media the Message? Glasnost and the Arts     97
Foreign Policies
Happy Days Can Be Here Again: Relations with the United States and the Industrialized West     105
Selected East-West Chronology     126
Scorpions in a Bottle: Arms Control Policy (Part One)     142
Arms Control Policy (Part Two)-Reykjavik and Beyond: The Pendulum Swings     166
Selected Arms Control Chronology     194
The Burdens and Benefits of Empire: Relations with Eastern Europe     209
Selected Soviet-Eastern European Chronology     219
The "Mongol Hordes": Relations with the People's Republic of China     231
Selected Sino-Soviet Chronology     236
Winning the Hearts and Minds: Relations with the Third World     244
Selected Soviet-Third WorldChronology, from March 1985     272
Military Policies
The Metal Eaters: The Armed Forces and Soviet Military Doctrine     315
The Emperor's New Clothes: What the Record Reveals     351
The Past Is but Prologue: Projections for the Future     369
Changes in the Council of Ministers, Ministers, and Chairmen of State Committees     386
Politburo and Central Committee Meetings since Gorbachev Became General Secretary, through June 1987     394
Announced Changes in the Diplomatic Corps and Foreign Ministry as Reported in the Soviet Press     423
Bibliography     433
Glossary of Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Soviet Terms     445
Index     453

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