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The Gorbachev Phenomenon: A Historical Interpretation
The Gorbachev Phenomenon: A Historical Interpretation
By Moshe Lewin
University of California Press, 1988, 192 pp.

A thoughtful politico-sociological study on changes in Soviet society since Stalin's day. The interpretation is the author's own, but he bases it substantially on the considerable volume of social science research done in the U.S.S.R. in recent years. In brief, the argument is that the push for reform is no momentary invention of Gorbachev's, but the inevitable result of the evolution of Soviet society to the point where the old political and economic structures could no longer be effective.