The Roots of Perestroika: The Soviet Breakdown in Historical Context (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Nov 3, 2009 - History - 254 pages
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With new information from Russian archives, this work examines the historical roots of Gorbachev's perestroika and the reforms that would eventually lead to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The controversies among Soviet leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev over party role, economic management, resource allocation, ethnic policies, legality and foreign relations are discussed. An appendix "reads between the lines" in historic Soviet texts, and a helpful list of Soviet leaders, with brief identifications, is included.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
1 A False Dawn of Freedom
5
2 Lenin and Stalin
35
3 Stalin
55
4 Khrushchev
81
5 Brezhnev
117
Turning Point
142
Demolishing the Pillars
170
Epilogue
196
Appendix 1
211
Appendix 2
216
Chapter Notes
221
Bibliography
231
Index
239
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About the author (2009)

Sidney Ploss, a retired historian and Russian policy analyst, lives in Washington, D.C.

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