9780415143165

Revolution from Above : The Demise of the Soviet System

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415143165

  • ISBN10:

    0415143160

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-01-24
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Revolution from Abovegives a new interpretation of the disintegration of the USSR. It challenges the widespread belief that the demise of the old regime was caused by the collapse of the Soviet economy, accompanied by public demand that socialism should be abandoned. It argues that the ruling party-state elite of the USSR itself moved to dismantle the Soviet system. Coverage encompasses the beginnings of the Soviet political system in 1917 to the move towards capitalism in the 1990s and the surprise resurgence of Communist support in 1995. Research includes interviews with over fifty people influential in the old and new regimes, giving unique information on the Soviet collapse. This book will be invaluable to students of the economy, politics and history of the former Soviet Union.

Table of Contents

List of figures
vii(1)
List of tables
viii(1)
Preface ix(3)
Acknowledgements xii(1)
A note on transliteration of Russian names xii
1 Introduction
1(12)
Part I The Soviet system 13(50)
2 Socialism and the Soviet system
13(21)
3 Growth, stagnation, and the origins of perestroika
34(29)
Part II Perestroika and the Demise of the Soviet system 63(98)
4 Glasnost and the intelligentsia
63(10)
5 Economic reform
73(23)
6 Democratization
96(13)
7 The party-state elite and the pro-capitalist coalition
109(22)
8 The stuggle for power
131(30)
Part III Aftermath of the Soviet demise 161(75)
9 Shock theraphy
161(12)
10 The results of shock therapy
173(27)
11 Russia's political evolution
200(24)
12 Lessons for the future of socialism
224(12)
Appendix 236(3)
Notes 239(44)
Biliography 283(9)
Index 292

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