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Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to PutinMichael McFaul
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Michael McFaul traces Russia's tumultuous political history from Gorbachev's rise to power in 1985 through the 1999 resignation of Boris Yeltsin in favor of Vladimir Putin. McFaul divides his account of the post-Soviet country into three periods: the Gorbachev era (1985-1991), the First Russian Republic (1991-1993), and the Second Russian Republic (1993-present). The first two were, he believes, failures—failed institutional emergence or failed transitions to democracy. By contrast, new democratic institutions did emerge in the third era, though the institutions of a liberal democracy did not. The Russian/Soviet case, he says, reveals the importance of forging social pacts; the efforts of Russian elites to form alliances failed, leading to two violent confrontations and a protracted transition from communism to democracy. Drawing from personal experience in 1990s Moscow, frequent visits to Russia, and unparalleled access to senior Russian policymakers and politicians, Russian's Unfinished Revolution is a comprehensive history of Russia during this crucial period.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
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