Gorbachev: The Man and the System

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Transaction Publishers, Aug 1, 2009 - History - 462 pages
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Gorbachev: The Man and the System portrays Gorbachev's rise to power and his tenure in office against the background of a period of critical change and development in the Soviet system. The research is primarily based on Soviet materials, supplemented and critically compared with a wide range of Western press and academic studies. Both Zemtsov and Farrar bring to the analysis their own experiences, acquired under different circumstances. Part I focuses on a selected chronology of significant events from Gorbachev's assumption of power in March 1985 to June 1987. They examine leadership and personnel changes, the economy, the society, and the arts. Part II takes a look at foreign policies by examining: relations with the United States and the industrialized West; arms control policy; relations with Eastern Europe; relations with the People's Republic of China; and relations with the third world. Part III explores Gorbachev's military policies. Part IV concludes with the authors' assessment of the future. Included in this book are appendices on: changes in the Council of Ministers, Ministers, and Chairmen of State Committees; Politburo and central committee meetings since Gorbachev became General Secretary, through June 1987; and announced changes in the Diplomatic Corps and Foreign Ministry as reported in the Soviet press. The hardcover edition of this book was published in Gorbachev's early years. It thus represents an early assessment, and as such a document of events at the time they occurred.

 

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Contents

Gorbachevs Dilemma
ix
Editors Preface
xv
A New Leadership for Old Problems and Future Challenges
1
Selected Chronology of Significant Internal Developments and Events March 1985 through June 1987
21
New Wine in Old ? Bottles Leadership and Personnel Changes
31
To Build a Better Mousetrap The Economy
49
Images versus Reality The Society and the Style
85
Is the Media the Message? Glasnost and the Arts
97
The Mongol Hordes Relations with the Peoples Republic of China
231
Selected SinoSoviet Chronology
236
Winning the Hearts and Minds Relations with the Third World
244
Selected SovietThird World Chronology from March 1985
272
The Metal Eaters The Armed Forces and Soviet Military Doctrine
315
The Emperors New Clothes What the Record Reveals
351
The Past Is but Prologue Projections for the Future
369
Changes in the Council of Ministers Ministers and Chairman of State Committees
386

Happy Days Can Be Here Again Relations with the United States and the Industrialized West
105
Selected EastWest Chronology
126
Scorpions in a Bottle Arms Control Policy Part One
142
Arms Control Policy Part Two Reykjavik and Beyond The Pendulum Swings
166
Selected Arms Control Chronology
194
The Burdens and Benefits of Empire Relations with Eastern Europe
209
Selected SovietEastern European Chronology
219
Politburo and Central Committee Meetings since Gorbachev Became General Secretary through June 1987
394
Announced Changes in the Diplomatic Corps and Foreign Ministry as Reported in the Soviet Press
423
Bibliography
433
Glossary of Abbreviations Acronyms and Soviet Terms
445
Index
453
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About the author (2009)

Ilya Zemtsov was born in the Baku region of Russia. He holds advanced graduate deshy;grees in philosophy and sociology. Prior to his departure from Russia in 1973, he was a member of the executive board of the Soviet Sociological Association, and dishy;rector of the department of social science at institutes of higher education in his -native Baku and in Yaroslav. After his emishy;gration to Israel, he was a professor at the Hebrew University. Presently, he is the dishy;rector of the International Research Censhy;ter on Contemporary Society, and editor in chief of Crossroads, a quarterly journal issued in England. He has authored sevshy;eral books on Soviet society and polity, including a major study of Gorbachev pubshy;lished earlier this year by Transaction. Dr. Zemtsov is a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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