Intellectuals and Apparatchiks: Russian Nationalism and the Gorbachev Revolution

Intellectuals and Apparatchiks: Russian Nationalism and the Gorbachev Revolution

by Kevin C. O'Connor

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This book traces the origins and activities of an alliance of conservative Communist Party authorities and Russian nationalists during the late Soviet era. Specifically, it examines how and to what extent hitherto orthodox Communists sought political allies in the Russian nationalist movement in order to garner support for halting the reform program and saving the Soviet state from collapse. Focusing on the perestroika period, Dr. Kevin O'Connor explains in detail how Marxism-Leninsim receded into irrelevance, forcing orthodox Communists to abandon their Marxist principles in favor of great Russian nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739131220
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 08/21/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kevin C. O'Connor is assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He holds a Ph.D in Russian and Soviet History from Ohio University and is author of The History of the Baltic States and the forthcoming Culture and Customs of the Baltic States.

Table of Contents

1 Russians, the RSFSR, and Soviet Nationalities Policy, 1917 - 1953 2 Russian Nationalism, Russification, and the Rise of the "Russian Party," 1953 - 1985 3 Writers: An Opposition in Embryo, 1986 - 1988 4 The Ligachev Line, 1986 - 1988 5 "Russophobia:" Perestroika and the Russian Question 6 A Consolidating Force: Creating a Russian Communist Party 7 The Apparatchiks' Party 8 A Word to the People 9 "Russia to the Exit!"

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