Had Western observers understood the truly revolutionary nature of communism's collapse and its aftermath, the crisis-ridden and often violent nature of Russian politics in the post-Soviet era would have come as far less of a shock. Why did we make the mistake of thinking that Russian ‘reform’ could unfold through ordinary, not extraordinary, means?
The Dilemmas of Russia's Anti-Revolutionary Revolution
Stephen E. Hanson is an associate professor in the department of political science and the director of the Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies program of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of Time and Revolution: Marxism and the Design of Soviet Institutions (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997), which received the 1998 Wayne S. Vucinich book award from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and a co-author (with Richard Anderson, Jr., M. Steven Fish, and Philip Roeder) of Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001).
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Stephen E. Hanson; The Dilemmas of Russia's Anti-Revolutionary Revolution. Current History 1 October 2001; 100 (648): 330–335. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2001.100.648.330
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