Gorbachev and his Revolution / by Mark Galeotti.

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  • London : Macmillan Education UK : Imprint: Palgrave 1997
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IX, 152 p. online resource.
  • 9781349253135
  • The Decay of the Soviet Union -- Yurii Andropov and the Rise of Mikhail -- Gorbachev Electing Gorbachev -- Gorbachev the Technocrat: Uskoreniye and the Attempt to Modernise -- Gorbachev the Reformer: Glasnost' and Perestroika -- Gorbachev the Gambler: Democratisation -- Gorbachev the Revolutionary: the End of the Soviet Union -- Appendices -- Chronology -- Gallery of Main Characters -- Bibliography and Guide to Further Reading -- Index -- Map.
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  • By turns radical, uncertain, ambitious and autocratic, Mikhail Gorbachev and his bid to reform the Soviet Union have shaped the contemporary world. This concise and lively book provides an introduction to the man and his times, setting them in the context of a decaying and ramshackle empire and an ideology long since betrayed by its professed followers. Drawing on the latest memoirs and scholarship, this book follows Gorbachev's increasingly desperate attempts to control the forces he unleashed and hold together a state whose days were over.

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