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Russia and the Idea of the West: Gorbachev, Intellectuals, and the End of the Cold War

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In most analyses of the Cold War's end the ideological aspects of Gorbachev's "new thinking" are treated largely as incidental to the broader considerations of power. English demonstrates that Gorbachev's foreign policy was the result of an intellectual revolution. He analyzes the rise of a liberal policy-academic elite and its impact on the Cold War's end.

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In most analyses of the Cold Wars end the ideological aspects of Gorbachevs "new thinking" are treated largely as incidental to the broader considerations of power -as gloss on what was essentially a retreat forced by crisis and decline. Robert English makes a major contribution by demonstrating that Gorbachevs foreign policy was in fact the result of an intellectual revolution. English analyzes the rise of a liberal policy-academic elite and its impact on the Cold Wars end.

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An intriguing intellectual portrait of a generation of Soviet reformers, this book is also a fascinating case study of how ideas can change the course of history. In most analyses of the Cold War's end the ideological aspects of Gorbachev's new thinking are treated largely as incidental to the broader considerations of power — as gloss on what was essentially a retreat forced by crisis and decline. Robert English makes a major contribution by demonstrating that Gorbachev's foreign policy was in fact the result of an intellectual revolution. English analyzes the rise of a liberal policy-academic elite and its impact on the Cold War's end.

English worked in the archives of the USSR Foreign Ministry and also gained access to the restricted collections of leading foreign-policy institutes. He also conducted nearly 400 interviews with Soviet intellectuals and policy makers — from Khrushchev- and Brezhnev-era Politburo members to Perestroika-era notables such as Eduard Shevardnadze and Gorbachev himself. English traces the rise of a Westernizing worldview from the post-Stalin years, through a group of liberals in the late1960s--70s, to a circle of close advisers who spurred Gorbachev's most radical reforms.

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ISBN:
9780231110594
Author:
English, Robert
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Intellectuals
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
United States Relations Soviet Union.
Subject:
Soviet Union Relations United States.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Series Volume:
00-R12
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.95x6.05x.85 in. 1.23 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231110594 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In most analyses of the Cold Wars end the ideological aspects of Gorbachevs "new thinking" are treated largely as incidental to the broader considerations of power -as gloss on what was essentially a retreat forced by crisis and decline. Robert English makes a major contribution by demonstrating that Gorbachevs foreign policy was in fact the result of an intellectual revolution. English analyzes the rise of a liberal policy-academic elite and its impact on the Cold Wars end.
"Synopsis" by , An intriguing intellectual portrait of a generation of Soviet reformers, this book is also a fascinating case study of how ideas can change the course of history. In most analyses of the Cold War's end the ideological aspects of Gorbachev's new thinking are treated largely as incidental to the broader considerations of power — as gloss on what was essentially a retreat forced by crisis and decline. Robert English makes a major contribution by demonstrating that Gorbachev's foreign policy was in fact the result of an intellectual revolution. English analyzes the rise of a liberal policy-academic elite and its impact on the Cold War's end.

English worked in the archives of the USSR Foreign Ministry and also gained access to the restricted collections of leading foreign-policy institutes. He also conducted nearly 400 interviews with Soviet intellectuals and policy makers — from Khrushchev- and Brezhnev-era Politburo members to Perestroika-era notables such as Eduard Shevardnadze and Gorbachev himself. English traces the rise of a Westernizing worldview from the post-Stalin years, through a group of liberals in the late1960s--70s, to a circle of close advisers who spurred Gorbachev's most radical reforms.

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