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Ideology and the Collapse of the Soviet System

A Critical History of Soviet Ideological Discourse. Studies of Communism in Transition

By (author) Neil Robinson
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 15th Jun 1995
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm d 20mm
Weight: 406g
ISBN-10: 1858981670
ISBN-13: 9781858981673
Barcode No: 9781858981673
The author of this study analyzes the nature and historical evolution of Soviet ideology between 1917 and 1985 to demonstrate the structural importance of Soviet ideological discourse and the uncertain place that it allocated to the Communist Party in the Soviet political system. On the basis of this analysis, the author provides a fresh interpretation of Gorbachev's political reforms. He describes the ideological dynamic that underwrote the development of perestroika, how Gorbachev's ideas on democratization sent contradictory messages to the Communist Party and how this stimulated opposition to perestroika from party cadres and Soviet society.

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