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A normal totalitarian society : how the Soviet Union functioned and how it collapsed

Author: Vladimir Shlapentokh
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©2001.
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This study analyzes the ordinary functioning of the Soviet system from Stalin's death through the Soviet collapse and Russia's first post-Soviet decade. Without overlooking the USSR's repressive  Read more...

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Shlapentokh, Vladimir.
Normal totalitarian society.
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©2001
(DLC) 2001032247
(OCoLC)46858434
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vladimir Shlapentokh
ISBN: 0765613980 9780765613981
OCLC Number: 52888337
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 340 pages)
Contents: Theoretical concepts --
Two components of Soviet ideology: socialism and Russian nationalism --
Adjusting the revolutionary ideology to totalitarian goals --
World revolution as a geopolitical instrument --
Open and closed ideologies --
Policy toward key social groups: workers and creative intelligentsia --
The political system: the supreme leader as the major institution --
An effective political machine --
The economy: organic flaws and achievements --
Public opinion: acceptance of the regime --
The regime and the empire: a complex relationship --
Reforms: alternatives in history --
Reforming the system, destroying its fundamentals --
Consequences.
Responsibility: Vladimir Shlapentokh.

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