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The Last Years of the Soviet Empire: Snapshots from 1985-1991

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Between 1985 and 1991, the Soviet Union was shaken to its core by a series of remarkable social and political developments. Throughout the period, the eminent Sovietologist Vladimir Shlapentokh monitored the revolution and recorded his impressions in a series of essays which were published in major North American newspapers and periodicals. Here Shlapentokh collects these snapshots of current events that detail the progression of perestroika and glasnost. The essays and accompanying narrative form a kind of political diary, reflecting not only the facts of history, but the author's perspective as a Soviet/Western observer.

Each chapter focuses on a single year. The snapshots from that year are woven together with narrative describing the year's most important milestones, including events in Moscow, results of new polls, new social trends, and revelations in the Soviet mass media. Surprisingly, Shlapentokh concludes that perestroika was not inevitable, and that the Soviet Union was not, as many scholars assert, doomed to collapse. The author's unusual perspective is preserved throughout the book, since none of the essays, including those that predicted future events, have been altered to more closely approximate events that actually took place. Recommended for scholars of sociology, political science, and Soviet history.

Synopsis:

Shlapentokh collects essay "snapshots" of current events that detail the progression of perestroika and glasnost. The essays and accompanying narrative form a kind of political diary, reflecting not only the facts of history, but the author's perspective as a Soviet/Western observer.

Synopsis:

A political diary detailing the progression of perestroika and glasnost.

Table of Contents

1985-1986: Initial Steps Toward Modernization Gorbachev's Reforms: Ritual or Reality?; June, 1985

1987--The Beginnings of Real Change and Real Unrest

Ethnic Tensions Smolder in Russia; January, 1987

1988--Political Progress, Economic Decline, and Increasing Tension

1989--The Masses Speak Out

1990--The Battle Over the Empire

1991--The End of the Empire

Gorbachev: The World's Most Important Hostage; August, 1991

The Most Bourgeois Revolution in History; August, 1991

Emperor Francis-Joseph: Ten Heads of State are not Viable, September, 1991

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275944407
Author:
Shlapentokh, Vladimir
Author:
O'Donnell, Neil F.
Author:
Donnell
Author:
Neil F. O
Author:
o
Author:
Donnell, Neil
Publisher:
Praeger
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Soviet Union Politics and government 1985-1991.
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Series Volume:
9467
Publication Date:
19930531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.98x6.18x.84 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Shlapentokh collects essay "snapshots" of current events that detail the progression of perestroika and glasnost. The essays and accompanying narrative form a kind of political diary, reflecting not only the facts of history, but the author's perspective as a Soviet/Western observer.
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