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The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR

Chris Miller
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
Language
English
Series
The New Cold War History
New Cold War History
ISBN
9781469630199
Target Audience
Specialized
Summary
For half a century the Soviet economy was inefficient but stable. In the late 1980s, to the surprise of nearly everyone, it suddenly collapsed. Why did this happen? And what role did Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's economic reforms play in the country's dissolution? In this study, Chris Miller shows that Gorbachev and his allies tried to learn from the great success story of transitions from socialism to capitalism, Deng Xiaoping's China. Why, then, were efforts to revitalize Soviet socialism so much less successful than in China? Making use of never-before-studied documents from the Soviet politburo and other archives, Miller argues that the difference between the Soviet Union and China - and the ultimate cause of the Soviet collapse - was not economics but politics.
Description
1 online resource : illustrations (black and white).
Notes
  • Previously issued in print: 2016.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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