Seven Years that Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective

Paperback | January 18, 2009

byArchie Brown

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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 archivalsources 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 electionsand 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 perestroikawas 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.

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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 archivalsources and puts perestroika in fresh persp...

Archie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:January 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199562458

ISBN - 13:9780199562459

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Table of Contents

Part 11. IntroductionPart 22. Gorbachev: New Man in the Kremlin3. The First Phase of Soviet Reform, 1985-864. Fundamental Political Change, 1987-895. Reconstructing the Soviet Political SystemPart 36. Institutional Amphibiousness or Civil Society? The Origins and Development of Perestroika7. The Dismantling of the System and the Disintegration of the State8. Transnational Influences in the Transition from Communism9. Ending the Cold War10. Gorbachev and His Era in PerspectiveIndex

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"Mikhail Gorbachev's most important biographer here passes judgement on the man and the process he unleashed ...at the heart of the book is the conviction that Gorbachev "changed the world" by changing the Soviet Union, a case he makes with great integrity." --Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs