This is an up-to-the-minute revised edition of a text which, since its publication in 1990, has been extremely influential. The great changes of the past 18 months have entailed a comprehensive updating of the book. This edition takes account of new developments that include the independence of the Baltic states and the treaty which sparked 1991's attempted coup.
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David Lane teaches at Cambridge University.Review:
"This volume offers a comprehensive examination of a Soviet Union in the midst of change under a reforming national leadership. It deals not only with a changing political system, but surveys a society and economy that are also being transformed . . . The volume's up-to-date information and generally lively narrative should only serve to make its contents all the more accessible to students."
-John P. Willerton, Jr., University of Arizona
"This is essentially a textbook, and a good one, but it is more than that. The approach is sociological, describing the society in its many aspects and with due attention to the magnitude of recent changes, their disruptive effects, and the likelihood of protracted social conflict between the regime and emerging groups in the civil society."
"A stimulating review of a society that is changing as never before, this book will add to Professor Lane's reputation as one of our leading students of the USSR within a comparative and sociological perspective."
-Stephen White, University of Glasgow
"David Lane's new text offers a far-ranging sociological analysis of the program and practical consequences of perestroika. . . .Lane captures the dynamics of political reform and social stability in today's USSR, and he does it in a richly documented and very readable fashion. I look forward to using this balanced and erudite work in my Soviet politics courses."
-Raymond C. Taras, Tulane University
"David Lane's book will help the reader understand the enormous changes taking place in the Soviet Union. By placing the rapid succession of Gorbachev's astonishing reforms in the context of Western and Soviet theory andthe historical context, Lane provides solid and well-supported grounding for his analysis. He supplies ample and timely data, tables, and selected readings, and by means of them and his lucid writing produces a striking portrayal of such elements of Soviet society as housing, health care, alcoholism, drug addiction, generational change, and the youth culture."
-Ellen Mickiewicz, Emory University
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0044451679