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Conversations with Gorbachev : on perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the crossroads of socialism

Author: Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev; Zdeněk Mlynář
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2002.
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"Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynar were friends for half a century, from the time their paths first crossed as students in 1950. Although one was a Russian and the other a Czech, they were both ardent supporters of communism and socialism. One took part in laying the groundwork for and carrying out the Prague Spring; the other opened a new political era in Soviet and world politics." "In 1993 they decided that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
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Named Person: Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev; Zdeněk Mlynář; M S Gorbachev; Zdenek Mlyner; Mikhaïl Gorbatchev; Zdeněk Mlynář
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev; Zdeněk Mlynář
ISBN: 0231118643 9780231118644
OCLC Number: 48544277
Language Note: Translated from the Russian.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxv, 225 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Archie Brown --
The Criss-Crossing of Our Paths --
Student Communists --
New Hopes and New Disappointments --
Twenty Years, Divergent Paths --
How We Sought to Reinvigorate Socialism --
The Prague Spring and Its Defeat --
More Democracy, More Socialism --
Freedom of Choice Either Exists or It Doesn't --
An Airplane That Took Off Without Knowing Where to Land --
What to Do With the Party? --
Can the Use of Force "Save Socialism"? --
There's Only One World --
Breaking Out of the Dead End of the Cold War --
Socialism Is Alive as a World Process --
At a Crossroads of Civilization --
Concluding Thoughts: The Conscience of the Reformer.
Responsibility: Mikhail Gorbachev, Zdenek Mlynar ; translated by George Shriver.

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