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Can Gorbachev Change The Soviet Union
Can Gorbachev Change The Soviet Union
By Zdenek Mlynár
Westview Press, 1990, 184 pp

An extended essay examining the meaning, extent and future prospects of the Gorbachev reforms on the domestic scene and on the new thinking and action in Soviet foreign policy. A leader in the Prague Spring of 1968 and now with the Austrian Institute of International Affairs, Mlynár writes with real understanding of the U.S.S.R. and its Russian heritage. He knows the fragility of institutional reform without long-term changes in political and social attitudes and habits, or assured autonomy for individual citizens, social, professional, ethnic and other groups. The section on the Soviet bloc is dated, but the comment on the U.S.S.R. itself holds up well.