Like other projects conceived at the end of the Soviet era, this book had a long and difficult gestation. Its appearance is a tribute to the patience and flexibility of the contributors, whose topics underwent a dizzying transformation in the final months of 1991.
In editing and preparing the manuscript for publication, I was assisted at Stetson University by the staff of the DuPont-Ball Library and by Michael Connelly, Don Gast, Kim Simonds, and Judy Usher in the Department of Political Science. It is a pleasure to acknowledge their work. I am also grateful to the Knight Foundation and the Jessie Ball dupont Fund for financial support.
DeLand, Florida May 1992
Note on Transliteration and Usage. The transliteration system used here is that of the Library of Congress. Exceptions to that system have been made in the case of surnames widely used in the Western press (thus, Yeltsin rather than El'tsin). The term 'government' has several meanings in English. Government is capitalized here when it refers to the institution (pravitel'stvo, Sovet ministrov, Kabinet ministrov) that sits atop the state's executive agencies.