Inside the Soviet alternate universe : the Cold War's end and the Soviet Union's fall reappraised /
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Inside the Soviet alternate universe : the Cold War's end and the Soviet Union's fall reappraised /

"Reappraises the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union based on the author's 35-year career as a specialist in Soviet and post-Soviet affairs. Explores the psychological universe of Soviet rulers to clarify the nature of Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms"--Provided b...

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Main Author: Combs, Dick, 1935-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2008.
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Table of Contents:
  • Reminiscence : ten years inside the empire
  • Initial encounters with the other side
  • Working levels of the Soviet regime
  • Stagnation and disaffection
  • The beginning of the end
  • Reflection : a neglected psychological perspective
  • Comprehending another political world
  • Formation of the Soviet conception of governance
  • The conception's evolution under Khrushchev and Brezhnev
  • Gorbachev and the conception's terminal phase
  • Relevance : psychological milieu and current foreign policy issues
  • Reappraising the Cold War's end and the empire's fall I : key pieces of the puzzle
  • Reappraising the Cold War's end and the empire's fall II : fitting the pieces together
  • Empire and democracy in post-Soviet Russia
  • An analytical blind spot and its consequences.