After the Collapse of Communism: Comparative Lessons of by Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

By Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

This selection of essays is derived from a convention convened at Princeton college marking the ten-year anniversary of the cave in of the Soviet Union. the superior minds in post-Soviet experiences excited about the duty of making a choice on how the post-communist event with transition has proven or confounded traditional theories of political and monetary improvement. the result's a wealthy array of writings studying very important elements of the transitional decade following the Soviet cave in and the comparative classes discovered.

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28 This rosy view of late Tsarism was popularised in Govorukhin's film The Russia We Have Lost, which was widely shown in 1992. The film 'depicts Lenin as an amoral demagogue and the last years of prerevolutionary Russia as a period of unprecedented economic growth and idyllic well-being which were tragically arrested;' 29 it shows 'happy snaps of the last Tsar and his family on their country estates and old newsreels of eager peasants and workers busily toiling in fields and factories or building railways across a country bursting with the energy of early capitalism'.

With frequent emotional references to Christianity ('Forgive them, o Lord, for they know not what they do'), Shatalin, an active party member for many years, and elected a member of its central committee at the XXVIII Congress, now bitterly criticised the whole Soviet experiment. While improbably claiming that he was still a socialist, he declared that Communism had never existed, and never would exist: It must be finnly understood, because it is an axiom, that the crisis began in October 1917.

4 Gul's story, written in emigration and first published in Paris in 1935, was republished in New York in 1974, and in Moscow in 1991. It was unambiguously hostile to the Soviet regime. 5 Raisa reflected gloomily 'It is terrible: red terror, white terror. Cruelty gave birth to cruelty'. Even in his Crimean retreat, Gorbachev was confronted with the spectre which was haunting the Soviet Union in 1990 and 1991: the spectre of the overthrow of Communism. The Gorbachevs' summer reading was rudely interrupted on 18 August.

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