Chernenko: The Last Bolshevik : The Soviet Union on the Eve of Perestroika
Transaction Publishers, 1989 - 308 sider
Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko. a figÂure wtm appeared to the outside worid as a commonplace Russian bureaucrat cut from the mold of a Gogol short story, was elevated in 1984 to the post of general secÂretary of the Communist party of the SoÂviet Union. Thus, a post held by such awesome, fearsome figures as Lenin and Stalin passed into the hands of someone perceived as a nondescript bureaucrat, deÂvoid of ideas or initiative, and crippled by old age and infirmity.
A singular merit of this work is that it shows how far from the mark were these perceptions. This is the only full-length treatment of Chernenko. in contrast to the vast tomes written on his five predecessors as well as on the present incumbent, Mkrhail Gorbachev. The work delves into archival materials never before reported in either the East or West. The picture that emerges is not of some run-of-the-mill apÂparatchik, but of a figure who in the conÂtext of the Brezhnev era came forth with ideas that were revolutionary, at least in the sense of a realization of the deep malÂaise into which Soviet economy and soÂciety had fallen.
Zemtsov's volume explains the paradox of a servile conservative member of th Politburo becoming an innovative, even courageous, leader during the thirteen fateful months he held Soviet power, ft is a tribute to this effort at reconstruction that what emerges is a rounded human being and not simply a political actor. This anaÂlytical study of the transformation of a peasant into a politician fills out a missing link without which the current impulse to reform in the U.S.S.R. is hard to underÂstand or appreciate
Hvad folk siger - Skriv en anmeldelse
Lessons of Political Maneuvering
The Party Boss
The Struggle for Succession
Leader for the Meanwhile
The Brezhnev Era Replayed
The Future Can Be Known from the Past
Fourth of July Orations 26
Peace Medals 137
Documentary Art 146