Russia's Fate Through Russian Eyes: Perspectives of a New Generation

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Blowing the cobwebs from antiquated notions of Russia as an enigmatic nation doomed to tragic failure, twenty-eight articulate and entrepreneurial young Russian men and women--representatives of a new generation who came of age during and after the fall of the Soviet Union--record the hopes, fears, and triumphs of recent years. These trailblazers share stories of the very specific actions they and others like them have taken to move Russia toward a more civilized, responsible, and vibrant society. They describe their efforts to reshape the Russian state, cope with the new economic rules, strive toward a rule of law, build a civil society, and preserve Russian culture while modernizing its educational system. They paint a picture of a society borne up in its many travails by a stubborn will to survive and by a capacity to adapt ingeniously and swiftly to changes, both welcome and unwelcome.

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Heyward Isham a thirty-five-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, served as political and economic officer in Berlin, Moscow, and Hong Kong, as well as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Delegation to the Vietnam Peace Talks, prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Haiti. Ambassador Isham, who also served as the editor of Remaking Russia: Voices from Within , has been Vice President of the EastWest Institute since 1990. A long-time Russophile who has followed the country closely since his first posting to Moscow in 1955, he is a recognized expert on post-Communist societies in Europe and Asia.

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It is often said that the rich, the educated, and the successful write history, and so it is with this highly readable collection. Isham, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and a former political and economics officer in Berlin, Moscow, and Hong Kong, has asked 28 articulate and entrepreneurial young Russian men and women to record their impressions of the past ten years. All but two or three of the essayists have doctorates from Russian universities. Nearly all of the writers recognize the yoke that 70 years of communism and the unique Russian spirit have put on the engine of new reforms in Russia. While recognizing the limitations of Russian culture, these writers are, to a person, positive about changing Russia from heavy industry to an information society. Recommended for academic and public libraries.DHarry Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. Syst., Iola
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