1st Edition

Revolution From Above The Demise of the Soviet System

By David Kotz, Fred Weir Copyright 1997
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    Controversially this book argues that the ruling party-state elite in the USSR itself moved to dismantle the old system. Topics discussed include:
    * the beginnings of economic decline in 1975
    * Gorbachev's efforts to democratize and decentralize
    * the complex political battle through which the coalition favouring capitalism took power
    * the flaws in economic policies intended to rapidly build capitalism
    * the surprising resurgence of Communism.
    Research includes interviews with over 50 former Soviet government and Communist party leaders, policy advisors, new private businessmen, trade union leaders and intellectuals.

    List of figures, List of tables, Preface, Acknowledgements, A note on transliteration of Russian names, 1 Introduction, Part I The Soviet system, Part II Perestroika and the demise of the Soviet system, Part III Aftermath of the Soviet demise, Appendix, Notes, Bibliography, Index


    David Kotz, Fred Weir