Some Concluding Observations
It was new ways of thinking about Russia’s and the world’s problems, and the paths to their resolution, that ushered in the bureaucratic dictatorship of the Soviet Communist Party, with all its fateful domestic and international consequences, and now it is new ways of thinking about these matters that is ushering it out. In both cases, moreover, the new ways of thinking were personified in a ‘transformational’ leadership,1 operating in a context of mounting socioeconomic and political crisis, and offering a path away from poverty, backwardness, tyranny, obscurantism and war.
KeywordsTransformational Leader Political Thinking Soviet People Strategic Defence Initiative Soviet Foreign Policy
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