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The Resource Seven years that changed the world : perestroika in perspective, Archie Brown

Seven years that changed the world : perestroika in perspective, Archie Brown

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Seven years that changed the world : perestroika in perspective
Title
Seven years that changed the world
Title remainder
perestroika in perspective
Statement of responsibility
Archie Brown
Title variation
7 years that changed the world
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
  • A rigorously argued and lively interpretation of the transformation of the Soviet system, written by a leading authority on Soviet politics. This thoroughly researched book draws on new archival sources and puts perestroika in fresh perspective. - ;A rigorously argued and lively interpretation of the transformation of the Soviet system, the disintegration of the Soviet state, the end of the Cold War, and the role of Mikhail Gorbachev. Written by a leading authority on Soviet politics, this thoroughly researched book draws on new archival sources and puts perestroika in fresh perspective. Perestroika began as an attempt by a minority within the leadership of the Communist Party to reform the Soviet system. The decisive role was played by the new General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev. Perestroika (reconstruction) developed into an attempt to move from Communism to competitive elections and a market economy of a social democratic type. This 'revolution from above' had profound consequences, both intended and unintended. The latter included the dissolution of the Soviet state. Four of the ten chapters were written in 'real time' - in the second half of the 1980s while perestroika was still underway. The other six chapters provide an up-to-date discussion of such important issues as the stimuli to perestroika, its intellectual origins and development, its influence on other countries and their influence on developments in the Soviet Union, and the ending of the Cold War. Archie Brown takes issue with a number of popular interpretations of perestroika - and of the end of the Cold War - and draws on new archival sources in a book which is both clearly and vigorously argued and well documented. - ; ... the book will encourage readers to revive their memories of the excitement of the Gorbachev years and to refine their own opinions on the man himself and
  • Existence of serious reformers inside the Soviet establishment. History proved him right, and his critics wrong. Now, as this volume shows, he has the Soviet archives on his side as well - Mary Dejevsky (The Times Moscow correspondent during perestroika), Oxford Today
  • His policies. - Paul Dukes History Today;There are few who can compete with Professor Brown in intensity of attention to Soviet politics and Soviet institutions, in nuanced approach, and in painstaking analysis - Lilia Shevtsova, Pro et Contra;Mikhail Gorbachev's most important biographer here passes judgement on the man and the process he unleashed ... The book's first part comprises four pieces written at the time of perestroika, which in retrospect were remarkably perceptive. In the years since, the mounting archival and memoir evidence - and Brown brings much of it to bear - has only strengthened his argument - Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs;'The real genius of the end of communism was Mikhail Gorbachev, general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. Archie Brown has been his closest and best commentator.' - Financial Times;'The bulk of the book is a necessary reminder of what Mr Gorbachev and perestroika achieved - even if inadvertently. For what, asks Mr Brown, did Mr Gorbachev sacrifice "the boundless authority, the unquestioning obedience, the orchestrated public adulation"? For freedom of speech, freedom of religion, competitive elections and a host of other accomplishments. The author rightly concludes that the "democratic shortcomings of post-Soviet Russia notwithstanding, the country that Gorbachev bequeathed to his successors was freer than at any time in Russian history".' - The Economist;Demonstrating his meticulous scholarship and painstaking research, Brown adapts to the Soviet scene the concept of "institutional amphibiousness", by which some parts of the state system can simultaneously work for functions and purposes contradictory to those of the state' - Times Literary Supplement;in the 1980s Brown had to field his share of brickbats from those who accused him of wishful thinking about the very
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1938-
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Brown, Archie
Dewey number
947.085/4
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
DK288
LC item number
.B763 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich
  • Soviet Union
  • Perestroĭka
  • Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich
  • Gorbačev, Michail
  • Gorbačëv, Michail S
  • Sovetskaja Associacija Meždunarodnogo Prava
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Perestroĭka
  • Politics and government
  • Soviet Union
  • Perestroika
  • Reformpolitik
  • Russia & Former Soviet Republics
  • Regions & Countries - Europe
  • History & Archaeology
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Seven years that changed the world : perestroika in perspective, Archie Brown
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file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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black and white
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • The first phase of Soviet reform, 1985-6
  • 4.
  • Fundamental political change, 1987-9
  • 5.
  • Reconstructing the Soviet political system
  • pt. 3
  • 6.
  • Institutional amphibiousness or civil society? The origins and development of Perestroika
  • 7.
  • Preface
  • The dismantling of the system and the disintegration of the state
  • 8.
  • Transnational influences in the transition from communism
  • 9.
  • Ending the Cold War
  • 10.
  • Gorbachev and his era in perspective
  • Index
  • Glossary and abbreviations
  • pt. 1
  • 1.
  • Introduction
  • pt. 2
  • 2.
  • Gorbachev : new man in the Kremlin
Control code
608129145
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 350 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191569357
Lccn
2006102397
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  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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430699
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  • preservation
  • access
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Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)608129145
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Seven years that changed the world : perestroika in perspective, Archie Brown
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • The first phase of Soviet reform, 1985-6
  • 4.
  • Fundamental political change, 1987-9
  • 5.
  • Reconstructing the Soviet political system
  • pt. 3
  • 6.
  • Institutional amphibiousness or civil society? The origins and development of Perestroika
  • 7.
  • Preface
  • The dismantling of the system and the disintegration of the state
  • 8.
  • Transnational influences in the transition from communism
  • 9.
  • Ending the Cold War
  • 10.
  • Gorbachev and his era in perspective
  • Index
  • Glossary and abbreviations
  • pt. 1
  • 1.
  • Introduction
  • pt. 2
  • 2.
  • Gorbachev : new man in the Kremlin
Control code
608129145
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 350 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191569357
Lccn
2006102397
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
430699
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)608129145
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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