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.
Preface and Acknowledgments -- USSR Population By Republic -- Introduction -- Stepping off the Treadmill of Failed Reforms? -- The Soviet Economy on a Treadmill of Perestroika: Gorbachev's First Five Years -- Social Change in the USSR Under Gorbachev: Population, Health and Environmental Issues -- Perestroika as Process: Lessons from the First Five Years -- Imperial Endgame: Nationality Problems and the Soviet Future -- Glasnost: A Cultural Kaleidoscope -- Alternative Prose and Glasnost Literature -- Gorbachev and Europe: An Accelerated Learning Curve -- Perestroika and U.S.-Soviet Relations: The Five-Year Plan No One Devised -- Lessons for Western Theories of International Security and Foreign Relations -- The Soviet Union in 1990 -- Epilogue: The View in 1991 -- Chronology of Major Events: March 1985—January 1991 -- Changes in Leadership Bodies