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Russia and the Idea of the West Gorbachev, Intellectuals, and the End of the Cold War

ISBN-10: 0231110596

ISBN-13: 9780231110594

Edition: 2000

Authors: Robert D. English

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An intriguing "intellectual portrait" of a generation of Soviet reformers, this book is also a fascinating case study of how ideas can change the course of history. In most analyses of the Cold War's end the ideological aspects of Gorbachev's "new thinking" are treated largely as incidental to the broader considerations of power -- as gloss on what was essentially a retreat forced by crisis and decline. Robert English makes a major contribution by demonstrating that Gorbachev's foreign policy was in fact the result of an intellectual revolution. English analyzes the rise of a liberal policy-academic elite and its impact on the Cold War's end. English worked in the archives of the USSR Foreign Ministry and also gained access to the restricted collections of leading foreign-policy institutes. He also conducted nearly 400 interviews with Soviet intellectuals and policy makers -- from Khrushchev- and Brezhnev-era Politburo members to Perestroika-era notables such as Eduard Shevardnadze and Gorbachev himself. English traces the rise of a "Westernizing" worldview from the post-Stalin years, through a group of liberals in the late1960s--70s, to a circle of close advisers who spurred Gorbachev's most radical reforms.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Robert English, assistant professor of international relations at the University of Southern California, is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey. The work upon which Russia and the Idea of the Westis based won the Harold D. Lasswell prize of the American Political Science Association.

Preface: An Intellectual History
Introduction: Intellectuals, Ideas, and Identity in the Sources of International Change
The Origins and Nature of Old Thinking
Leaders, Society, and Intellectuals During the Thaw
Intellectuals and the World: From the Secret Speech to the Prague Spring
The Dynamics of New Thinking in the Era of Stagnation
Advance and Retreat: New Thinking in the Time of Crisis and Transition
The New Thinking Comes to Power
Conclusion: Reflections on the Origins and Fate of New Thinking
Notes
Bibliography
Index