This book presents a balanced analysis of perestroika with an eye to the ongoing political, social and cultural changes. It is based on papers prepared for a conference on "The First Five Years of Perestroika: What Have We Learned? What Has Gorbachev Learned?" held at Georgetown University.
0. Introduction 1. Stepping off the Treadmill of Failed Reforms? 2. The Soviet Economy on a Treadmill of Perestroika: Gorbachev's first Five Years 3. Social Change in the USSR Under Gorbachev: Population, Health and Environmental Issues 4. Perestroika as Process: Lessons from the first Five Years 5. Imperial Endgame: Nationality Problems and the Soviet Future 6. Glasnost: A Cultural Kaleidoscope 7. Alternative Prose and Glasnost Literature 8. Gorbachev and Europe: An Accelerated Learning Curve 9. Perestroika and U.S.-Soviet Relations: The Five-Year Plan No One Devised 10. Lessons for Western Theories of International Security and Foreign Relations 11. The Soviet Union in 1990