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The Gorbachev Factor

Archie Brown

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780192880529
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0192880527.001.0001
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Conclusions

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 7257 words.

Of the four transformations outlined in Ch. 6, two of the four had, by the end of the 1980s, been successful beyond the dreams of Soviet dissidents and of the most optimistic Western...

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Gorbachev and Economic Reform

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 13807 words.

Gorbachev's two major failures were in economic reform and in resolution of the ‘national question’, although that statement has to be qualified by the observation that the problems...

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Gorbachev and Foreign Policy

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 22525 words.

Gorbachev was able to have a decisive impact on the development of ideas concerning the Soviet Union's relationship with the outside world and on the actual conduct of Soviet foreign policy...

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Gorbachev and Political Transformation

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 33941 words.

A central thesis of the book, elaborated especially in this chapter, is that from the outset of his General Secretaryship, Gorbachev was seriously interested in political change as well as...

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In the Portals of Power

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 20466 words.

When Gorbachev moved to Moscow in November 1978, he became – at the age of 47 – the youngest member of the predominantly elderly Soviet top leadership team. He received rapid promotion,...

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Introduction

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 12381 words.

Obstacles to democratization and pre‐conditions for transformative change are examined, as are changing evaluations of Mikhail Gorbachev. The weakness of the dissident movement in the first...

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The Making of a Reformist General Secretary

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 16339 words.

This chapter traces Gorbachev's progress from birth in March 1931 in a peasant family in southern Russia to his appointment as the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist...

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The National Question, and the Coup, the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 30679 words.

The chapter concentrates on one of the four transformations identified in Ch. 6 as necessary if the Soviet Union were to make a transition from authoritarianism to democracy – the need to...

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The Power of Ideas and the Power of Appointment

Archie Brown.

in The Gorbachev Factor

August 1997; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Politics. 22946 words.

A back‐handed tribute to the power of ideas had been paid by the Soviet leadership prior to Gorbachev's coming to power through the lengths to which they went not only to promote official...

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