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xvi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Asian pivot: the roots of Soviet economic reform
  • Take off or leap forward?: Soviet assessments of China after Mao
  • Gorbachev's gamble: interest group politics and perestroika
  • Soviet industry, Sichuan style: Gorbachev's enterprise reforms
  • A Soviet Shenzhen?: copying China's special economic zones
  • Of subsidies and sovkhozes: restructuring Soviet agriculture
  • Fiscal crisis, the Tiananmen option, and the dissolution of the USSR
  • Conclusion: paths not taken?
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01
Book
xx, 350 p. ; 25 cm.
  • PART 1-- 1. Introduction-- PART 2-- 2. Gorbachev: New Man in the Kremlin-- 3. The First Phase of Soviet Reform, 1985-86-- 4. Fundamental Political Change, 1987-89-- 5. Reconstructing the Soviet Political System-- PART 3-- 6. Institutional Amphibiousness or Civil Society? The Origins and Development of Perestroika-- 7. 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.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199282159 20160528
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199282159 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01
Book
viii, 233 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Reconsidering Brezhnev-- E.Bacon Brezhnev as Leader-- I.D.Thatcher Economic Growth and Slowdown-- M.Harrison The National Question in the Soviet Union under Brezhnev-- B.Fowkes Brezhnev and Superpower Relations-- M.Bowker 'Out of Area Operations': the Third World-- M.Webber A Triumph of Ideological Hairdressing? Intellectual Life in the Brezhnev Era Reconsidered-- M.Sandle Brezhnev and Developed Socialism-- M.Sandle The Roots of Perestroika-- J.Gooding Brezhnev Reconsidered-- E.Bacon & M.Sandle.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333794630 20160528
Leonid Brezhnev was leader of the Soviet Union for almost two decades when it was at the height of its powers. This book is a reappraisal of both Brezhnev, the man, and the system over which he ruled. By incorporating much of the material available in Russian, it challenges the received wisdom about the Brezhnev years, and provides an insight into the life and times of one of the 20th century's most neglected political leaders.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333794630 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01
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xv, 406 p., [12] p. of plates : ports. ; 24 cm.
Mikhail Gorbachev was arguably the most important world statesman of the second half of the twentieth century. He played the decisive role in ending the Cold War and in allowing the countries of Eastern Europe to regain their independence peacefully. He left Russia a freer country than it had ever been. Although he failed in his attempts to turn the Soviet Union into a genuine federation, he refused to resort to the repression that would have been needed to preserve the USSR intact in the face of opposition from a number of its peoples. What kind of man made this massive difference to his own country, Europe, and the world? What were his views when he became Soviet leader and how did they evolve? Who and what influenced him? When did he move from being a reformer of the Soviet System to becoming the `grave-digger' of Communism? How decisive for the dramatic changes of the past decade was the Gorbachev factor? In this masterly account, Archie Brown - a renowned authority on Gorbachev and the first Western scholar to predict his importance - answers these questions in fascinating detail. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, including the memories (and memoirs) of those who worked most closely with Gorbachev, he combines acute political analysis with new information as he tells the story of Gorbachev's rise and fall - and of his seven years in power which changed the course of history. This book is intended for students and scholars of politics, international relations, modern history; journalists.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198273448 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01

5. Memoirs [1996]

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xxix, 769 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
In this long-awaited memoir, Mikhail Gorbachev looks back on a lifetime that mirrors the fate of the Russian people. From the persecution of his family under Stalin to his first political steps to his extraordinary rise within the Communist Party, Gorbachev recounts the events that led to his own disillusionment, without which the eventual implosion of communism would not have taken place. of photos.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780385480192 20160527
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01
Book
725 p.
Published originally as "The Soviet System in Crisis - a Reader of Western and Soviet Views", this revised edition offers a discussion of the transformation of communism under Gorbachev and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. A wide variety of views is represented - sceptical and enthusiastic, ideological and pragmatic - and they are placed in context by the introductory and concluding chapters. The editors have brought together Soviet documents and commentary (including contributions from Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Shevardnadze), as well as Western analyses, dealing with developments in Soviet politics, economy, society, culture and foreign policy from 1985 to 1991. By including opinion both from inside the former USSR and from the West, the book presents the full spectrum of the debate on the rapid decline and collapse of this once powerful union.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813318769 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01
Book
258 p.
  • 1. The administrative party system-- 2. The personnel solution-- 3. The move to institutional reform-- 4. The programme for change-- 5. Reform out of control-- 6. The lead-up to the congress-- 7. The party imploding-- 8. The end.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521469432 20160528
In this book Graeme Gill traces the disintegration of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991. Based principally on the contemporary Soviet press, this is the first book to follow the debates in the party over the implications of Gorbachev's reforms and how the party should respond to them. It is an in-depth analysis of the institutional dynamics of a party under pressure. When it came under challenge and it could no longer use the weapon of suppression, the party was unable to mount a serious defence of its position and role. Confronted from the top by Gorbachev's call to reform itself and by his changes to the political arena, and from the bottom by new political forces taking advantage of that arena, the party's unity collapsed and with it any sense of purpose or possibility of survival.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521469432 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01
Book
xviii, 267 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Preface - Glossary - Chronology - An Outline of the Soviet System - What Went Wrong under Brezhnev? - Events since Brezhnev - The Making of Gorbachev - Objectives, Agenda, Strategy - Glasnost' and Interest Groups - Perestroika and Political Institutions - Gorbachev and the CPSU - Society and Politics under the Presidency - The August Coup - The Union Treaty - Reflections: Gorbachev, Communism and Russia - Notes - Bibliography - Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333546154 20160527
In 1985 the Soviet Union was a recognized superpower and its political system, whilst looking clumsy to the outside world, also looked tenacious. Less than seven years later the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was banned, the notorious KGB broken up and the Soviet Union itself dissolved into 15 independent states. This book explores the final years of the Soviet system and Gorbachev's career as party leader and president (up to December 1991) and assesses the place of perestroika in Russian history. The book also analyzes features of Gorbachev that puzzled the West, in particular his relationships to communism, revolution, democracy and gradualism, to the Soviet middle classes and intelligentsia, to the Communist Party, and to the national diversity of the former Soviet empire.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333546154 20160527
Green Library
HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01
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xvii, 255 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Brezhnev's economic legacy-- economics, Sovietology, and Mr Gorbachev's agenda-- discussion of economic reform in the USSR - the "Novosibirsk Paper"-- Mikhail Gorbachev and the Soviet economy-- the reform debate expands-- economics, economic advisers, and the Gorbachev leadership-- the 27th Party Congress - the economy-- some unanswered questions about Gorbachev's economic re-organization-- the Soviet 12th Five-Year Plan-- the enterprise law and the reform process-- the reform debate - what are the limits?-- the draft law on co-operatives - an assessment-- ownership and economic reform-- inflation versus reform-- the current state of Soviet economic reforms-- capitalism or socialism?-- a minor semantic problem in the Soviet reforms-- prospects for reform - three key issues in 1990-- Gorbachev's revolution really does start here-- Soviet food shortages - chaos rather than famine.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275942557 20160528
This work offers a collection of articles on the Soviet economy. Most were written as current commentaries and were meant to report and to interpret developments in the Soviet economy under Gorbachev more or less as they occurred. Hanson's reflections cover more than particular events or a particular Soviet debate. In general, the articles were written for readers who were not necessarily either economists or Sovietologists, and they offer important insight on the ongoing transition of the Soviet economy to a free market economy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275942557 20160528
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HISTORY-224A-01, HISTORY-424A-01, REES-224A-01