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Author Rosefielde, Steven.

Title Russia since 1980 : wrestling with westernization / Steven Rosefielde, Stefan Hedlund.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  947.0854 ROSE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxv, 347 pages ; 23 cm.
Series World since 1980.
World since 1980.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-328) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Russia Before 1980 -- 1. Muscovy and the West -- 2. Soviet Reform Communism -- Pt. II. Gorbachev -- 3. Pandora's Box -- 4. Blindman's Bluff -- 5. Squalid Superpower -- Pt. III. Yeltsin -- 6. Demolition and Systems Building -- 7. Crisis Management -- Pt. IV. Putin -- 8. Authoritarian Reconsolidation -- 9. Heritage of Neglect -- Pt. V. Advance and Retreat -- 10. Semblance of Democracy -- 11. Social Change and Adaptation -- 12. International Relations -- Pt. VI. Prospects -- 13. Sustainable Growth -- 14. Russia in the Chinese Looking Glass.
Summary "Russia Since 1980 recounts the epochal political, economic, and social changes that destroyed the Soviet Union, ushering in a perplexing new order. Two decades after Mikhail Gorbachev initiated his regime-wrecking radical reforms, Russia has reemerged as a superpower. It has survived a hyperdepression, modernized, restored private property and business, adopted a liberal democratic persona, and asserted claims to global leadership. Many in the West perceive these developments as proof of a better globalized tomorrow, while others foresee a new cold war. Globalizers contend that Russia is speedily democratizing, marketizing, and humanizing, creating a regime based on the rule of law and respect for civil rights.Opponents counterclaim that Russia before and during the Soviet period was similarly misportrayed and insist that Dmitri Medvedev's Russia is just another variation of an authoritarian "Muscovite" model that has prevailed for more than five centuries. The cases for both positions are explored while chronicling events since 1980, and a verdict is rendered in favor of Muscovite continuity. Russia will continue to challenge the West until it breaks with its cultural legacy."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Hedlund, Stefan, 1953-
Subject Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1985-1991.
Russia (Federation) -- Economic conditions -- 1991-
Soviet Union -- Economic conditions -- 1985-1991.
Russia (Federation) -- Social conditions -- 1991-
Soviet Union -- Social conditions -- 1970-1991.
ISBN 9780521613842 (paperback)