History is always full of surprises as it unfolds before us. The Soviet Union, for decades a seemingly frozen monolith of totalitarian rigidity and paranoid bellicosity, suddenly finds itself under a leader in the person of Mikhail Gorbachev who calls for "radical restructuring," openness," and even a "revolution." Outsiders justly wonder if this m
Table of Contents
Preface -- Barriers to Change -- The Foundations of Stalinism -- Lenin, Stalin, and the Military Model of Socialism -- Stalinism and Russian Political Culture -- Bases for Reform -- The Intelligentsia and the Failure of Reform: Khrushchev -- The Political System and the Generational Revolution -- The Intelligentsia and the Success of Reform: From Brezhnev to Gorbachev -- The Revolutionary Legacy
ROBERT V. DANIELS is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Vermont and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. His most recent books are The End of the Communist Revolution (1993) and Trotsky, Stalin, and Socialism (1991).