Ideology and the Collapse of the Soviet System: A Critical History of Soviet Ideological Discourse (Studies of Communism in Transition)

Ideology and the Collapse of the Soviet System: A Critical History of Soviet Ideological Discourse (Studies of Communism in Transition)

By: Neil Robinson (author)Hardback

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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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Contents

Bringing ideology back in - the party and the Soviet model of politics; the origins of Soviet ideology and the power of the party; ideology after Stalin - Khruschev, Brezhnev, the revival of communist construction and the resurection of party power; breaking the ice - from uskorenie to perestroika, Gorbachevism 1985-1987; the second phase of perestroika - socialist pluralism of opinions, the law-based state, socialist choice and the party; the end of the Soviet model of politics - the failure of the party and the collapse of party hegemon; conclusion - idiology and the shape of the Soviet system.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/06/1995
  • ISBN13: 9781858981673
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781858981673
  • weight: 406
  • ISBN10: 1858981670

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