In the turbulent decade since the collapse of the Soviet Union, conditions have worsened considerably for many Russians, and a wide-ranging debate has raged over the nature and destiny of their country. In Russia in Search of Itself, James H. Billington examines the efforts of a proud but troubled nation to find a post-Soviet identity.
Reforming the Tsar's Army: Military Innovation in Imperial Russia from Peter the Great to the Revolution
From Peter the Great to Nicholas II, Russian rulers always understood the need to maintain an army and navy capable of preserving the empire’s great power status. This volume examines how Imperial Russia’s armed forces sought to adapt to the challenges of modern warfare.
One of the most distinguished figures in twentieth-century American politics, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was at the center of virtually every major political issue of his day. The contributors to this career-spanning assessment use their diverse interactions with him to paint a picture of an extraordinary thinker with many areas of intellectual concern.
Beyond Imagined Communities shows how more diverse cultural influences shaped Latin American nationalisms in the nineteenth century by examining social situations and the production of cultural objects such as novels, folklore, and national literary histories.
In this pathbreaking book, Xiaoyuan Liu establishes the ways in which the history of the Chinese Communist Party was, from the Yan’an period onward, intertwined with the ethnopolitics of the Chinese “periphery.”
Has the current political system in the People’s Republic of China lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the Chinese public? On the basis of three carefully drawn surveys of Beijing residents between 1995 and 1999, the author finds that diffuse support for the current political system—based on attitudes toward institutions and values—remains strong, at least among city-dwellers, though it is gradually declining.
One of the first evaluations of China’s leadership transition with Jiang Zemin’s 2002 retirement as Communist Party chief, this book probes the country’s related institutional transitions—both those under way and those still needed if China is to remain stable and prosperous in the 21st century.
Governance on the Ground shows people at a local level working through municipal institutions to take more responsibility for their own lives and environment. This study reports what social scientists in eight local networks found when they chose their own subjects for a worldwide comparative study of institutional reform at the local level.
This book presents an unprecedented dialogue with leading U.S., Russian, and Eurasian economic experts and policy-makers on the pivotal issues of economic reform, trade, and investment, and the prospects for an economic renaissance in the new states of the former Soviet Union.
Some countries develop illegal drug industries, and others do not. Discerning the distinguishing characteristics—social, economic, and political—of countries with these industries forms the subject of Francisco Thoumi’s sophisticated and humane study.