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The Gorbachev factor

Author: Archie Brown
Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mikhail Gorbachev was arguably the most important statesman of the second half of the twentieth century. He played the decisive role in ending the Cold War and in allowing the countries of Eastern Europe to regain their independence peacefully. He left Russia a freer country than it had ever been. Although he failed in his attempts to turn the Soviet Union into a genuine federation, he refused to resort to the
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Brown, Archie, 1938-
Gorbachev factor.
Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)603961865
Named Person: Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev; M S Gorbachev; Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Archie Brown
ISBN: 0198273444 9780198273448
OCLC Number: 33440639
Description: xv, 406 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Making of a Reformist General Secretary --
3. In the Portals of Power --
4. The Power of Ideas and the Power of Appointment --
5. Gorbachev and Economic Reform --
6. Gorbachev and Political Transformation --
7. Gorbachev and Foreign Policy --
8. The National Question, the Coup, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union --
9. Conclusions.
Responsibility: Archie Brown.
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Mikhail Gorbachev was arguably the most important statesman of the second half of the twentieth century. He played the decisive role in ending the Cold War and in allowing the countries of Eastern Europe to regain their independence peacefully. He left Russia a freer country than it had ever been. Although he failed in his attempts to turn the Soviet Union into a genuine federation, he refused to resort to the repression that would have been needed to preserve the USSR intact in the face of opposition from a number of its peoples.

What kind of man made this massive difference to his own country, Europe, and the world? What were his views when he became Soviet leader and how did they evolve? Who and what influenced him? When did he move from being a reformer of the Soviet system to becoming the 'grave-digger' of Communism? How decisive for the dramatic changes of the last decade was the Gorbachev factor? In this masterly account, Archie Brown - a renowned authority on Gorbachev and the first Western scholar to predict his importance - answers these questions in fascinating detail. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, including the memories (and memoirs) of those who worked most closely with Gorbachev, he combines acute political analysis with new information as he tells the story of Gorbachev's rise and fall - and of his less than seven years in power which changed the course of history.

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