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The Gorbachev Factor

Archie Brown


This is an analysis of how fundamental change came about in the Soviet Union and of the part played by political leadership. In its most general aspect, it is a contribution to the literature on democratization and transitions from authoritarian rule. More specifically, it examines the evolution of Mikhail Gorbachev as a reformist politician and his major role in the political transformation of the Soviet Union and in ending the Cold War. The failures as well as the successes of perestroika are examined – economic reform that left the system in limbo and the break‐up of the Soviet state that G ... More

Keywords: Authoritarianism, Cold War, democratization, evolution, freedom, Mikhail Gorbachev, perestroika, pluralization, Russia, USSR

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780192880529
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0192880527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Archie Brown, author
St Antony's College, Oxford
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