The Soviet Union under Gorbachev

The Soviet Union under Gorbachev

The Soviet Union under Gorbachev

The Soviet Union under Gorbachev

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The chapters in this volume were originally delivered at a conference held on 20 and 21 March 1986 at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. The overall aim was to examine critically Gorbachev's first year in office. This was approached from three angles: Gorbachev's legacy: just how serious were the problems bequeathed to him by the late Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko eras?; an analysis of progress during the first year, paying particular attention to the debates about policy options in the press and scholarly journals; and what are the prospects for success? Will it be a case of continuity and little fundamental change or does the Gorbachev accession mean that the revitalisation of the Soviet Union is under way?

Special thanks are due to those who presented papers at the conference, but also to those who contributed from the floor to make it such a rewarding, and stimulating experience. The Gorbachev era has already given rise to enormous interest about the evolution of the Soviet Union and the challenge this poses the outside world.

Warmest thanks are also due to Professor M. A. Branch, Director of the School, and his administrative staff, especially Philip Robinson and Mara Hasenstrauch, and to Vera Burger, Alastair Brison and Hugh Christey. A special vote of thanks is due to Margot Light for her assistance with the Bibliography and Index.

Finally gratitude is due to the Ford and Nuffield Foundations, without whose generous financial support the conference could not have taken place.

MARTIN McCAULEY

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