Revolutionary Passage: From Soviet to Post-Soviet Russia, 1985-2000

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Temple University Press, 2005 - History - 328 pages
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Revolutionary Passage is a cultural, social, and political history of Russia during its critical period of transformation at the end of the twentieth century. Marc Garcelon traces the history of perestroika and the rise of Vladimir Putin, arguing that the pressure Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms put on the Soviet system gave birth to movements for democratic change. He also shows that the very political arrangements that prompted the fall of Communism also killed hopes for subsequent reform. At the turning point of this political revolution stood Democratic Russia, or DemRossiia, the principal organization of the Russian democratic movement that helped to dismantle the Soviet system and force the Soviet leadership to change course. However, as post-Soviet Russia committed itself to globalization and U.S.-style economic reforms, the country directed itself away from the Democratic reforms called for by organizations like DemRossiia, and such groups collapsed. Revolutionary Passage provides a close examination of the DemRossiia. Garcelon deftly illuminates the rise and decline of this organization, and how the processes of revolutionary change impacted both Russia and the world.
 

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Contents

The Specialist Rebellion in Moscow and the Genesis
36
The Rise of Democratic Russia
77
Democrats on the Offensive
114
August 1991 and the Decline of Russias Democratic
156
Interregnum
194
Used in the Survey in Chapter One
239
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Page xi - Berkeley, while a research grant from the Institute of International Studies of the University of California at Berkeley permitted her to remain long enough to complete her contribution.

About the author (2005)

Marc Garcelon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middlebury College.