Gorbachev: On My Country and the World

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Columbia University Press, Jan 22, 2005 - History - 300 pages
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In these three essays, the former Soviet leader discusses the 1917 revolution, the Soviet Union and its demise, and international relations He feels that a 1917 revolution in Russia was inevitable ... Read full review

Contents

Its Sense and Significance
A Blunder of History Accident or Necessity?
Was Socialism Built in the Soviet Union?
Lets Not Oversimplify A Balance Sheet of the Soviet Years
October and the World
Something Worth Thinking About
October and Perestroika
Does Socialism Have a Future?
PART THREE
The Sources of the New Thinking
The Very First Steps
The Conception 19851991
Overcoming the Cold
The Transitional World Order
The New Thinking in the PostConfrontational World
The Challenge of Globalization

Summing
PART TWO The Union Could Have Been Preserved
A Tragic Turn of Events
Tbilisi Baku Vilnius
Toward a New Union Treaty
Referendum on the Union
A Stab in the Backand the Intrigues of Yeltsin
Dissolution of the USSR
What Lies Ahead?
The Challenge of Diversity
The Challenge of Global Problems
The Challenge of Power Politics
The Challenge of Democracy
The Challenge of Universal Human Values
The Beginning of History?
Index
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Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991, and President of the Soviet Union, 1988-1991, currently heads the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow and lectures widely. He is also the author of Perestroika and Soviet-American Relations, The Search for a New Beginning: Developing a New Civilization, and The August Coup: The Truth and the Lessons.

George Shriver has translated and edited many books, including Nikolai Bukharin's How It All Began: The Prison Novel and Roy Medvedev's On Soviet Dissent, The October Revolution, Let History Judge, and Post-Soviet Russia (all published by Columbia).


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