The Roots of Perestroika
The Soviet Breakdown in Historical Context
About the Book
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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About the Author(s)
Sidney Ploss, a retired historian and Russian policy analyst, lives in Washington, D.C.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
1. A False Dawn of Freedom 5
2. Lenin and Stalin: Terror and Fissures 35
3. Stalin: Onset of Court Politics 55
4. Khrushchev: Between Reformers and Diehards 81
5. Brezhnev: Restoring Stability 117
6. Gorbachev: Turning Point 142
7. Gorbachev: Demolishing the Pillars 170
Appendix 1: Kremlin Political Signals 211
Appendix 2: Identifications of Essential Figures 216
Chapter Notes 221
Book Reviews & Awards
“well-researched…well-written…well documented…highly recommended”—Operaphile.