Gorbachev: Profiles in Power Series

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Opens up the claustrophobic and intensely personal world of the Soviet leadership

  • Written in light of Gorbachev's own uniquely revealing memoirs.
  • Explores how much of what Gorbachev achieved had he intended and how much of what he failed to achieve had he misjudged?
  • Examines how did Gorbachev make momentous changes without civil war?
Gorbachev is an excellent introduction to Mikhail Gorbachev's rise and fall from power and is written in light of his own uniquely revealing memoirs. It provides an objective assessment of what happened - and why - during the momentous period of Soviet reform, failure and collapse. Mikhail Gorbachev, himself a communist, moved towards social democracy and, in doing so, dismantled a dictatorship that held Russia in a vice for over 70 years. This he achieved without civil war - it itself a huge accomplishment. Gorbachev was less successful in his attempted re-introduction of a market economy, which only sped up Russia's economic failure and he failure to diffuse the nationalist aspirations of Russia's people brought him down. Finally, his hopes of creating a Union of Sovereign States collapsed in the wake of the attempted coup against him in August 1991. Opening up the claustrophobic and intensely personal world of the Soviet leadership Martin McCauley provides an enthralling introduction to the rise and fall of Mikhail Gorbachev. Like the other titles in the Profiles in Power series, it is not a biography, though inevitably it contains much biographical material, it instead analyzes the major features, achievements and failures of Gorbachev's career.

Martin McCauley University of London, is a leading authority on the Soviet era. He has written over 20 books, including Who's Who in Russia Since 1900 and The Longman Companion to Russia Since 1914. He is also a frequent broadcaster on radio and television in the US and Britain.

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Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, himself a communist, moved towards social democracy, and in doing so dismantled the dictatorship that held Russia in a vice for over 70 years. This he achieved without civil war - in itself a huge accomplishment.

This excellent introduction to Mikhail Gorbachev's rise and fall from power is written in the light of his own uniquely revealing memoirs. It provides an objective assessment of what happened - and why - during the momentous period of Soviet reform, failure and collapse.

But he was less successful elsewhere:

his attempted re-introduction of a market economy only sped up Russia's
economic decline

his failure to diffuse the nationalist aspirations of Russia's people
eventually brought him down

his hopes of creating a Union of Sovereign States collapsed in the wake
of the attempted coup against him in August1991.

But how much of what he achieved did he intend, and how much of what he failed to achieve did he misjudge?

Opening up the claustrophobic and intensly personal world of the Soviet leadership as another new Premier takes the reins for post soviet Russia, Martin McCauley answers these questions to provide an enthralling introduction to the rise and fall of Gorbachev.

Martin McCauley is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. A leading authority on the Soviet era, he has written over 20 books, including Who's Who in Russia Since 1900 and the Longman Companion to Russia since 1914. He is also a frequent broadcaster on radio and television in Britain and the US.

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Martin McCauley University of London, is a leading authority on the Soviet era. He has written over 20 books, including Who's Who in Russia Since 1900 and The Longman Companion to Russia Since 1914. He is also a frequent broadcaster on radio and television in the US and Britain.

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