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Preface From "Crisis" to "Catastrophe" The Past as Prologue: The House That Stalin Built Problems of Communism Gorbachev and a New Era: 1985-1991 Gorbachev's Failed Rural "Revolution From Above" Homo-Sovieticus: The Crisis of the Mind Prognostications Revelations of Glasnost: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Mind Social Well-Being The Soviet Mind-Set: Public Opinions Suggested Readings Index
Provides an analytical, blow-by-blow description of the collapse of the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership and it explores the legacy left by the Soviet Union's experiment in communism.
ROY D. LAIRD is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Russian and East European Studies, at the University of Kansas. Most of the fifteen books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored, edited or co-edited have dealt with Soviet and East European domestic affairs, especially agricultural and peasant affairs. He organized the first International Conference on Soviet and East European Agriculture, which was held at the University of Kansas in 1962. His most recent book, with Betty A. Laird, is A Soviet Lexicon: Important Terms, Concepts, and Phrases.
"Laird's perceptive analysis offers both a unique and largely ignored perspective on the success and ultimate faliure of perestroika and an extensive examination of the role of Soviet and post-Soviet public opinion in shaping the new order."-Donald R. Kelley Professor of Political Science University of Arkansas Senior Research Fellow of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations