The Collapse

  • David Lockwood


By 1991, the Soviet rulers were divided by the very reform process they had initiated in order to ensure their own survival. One wing (around Gorbachev) wanted to press ahead with perestroika, and hoped that the national economy, as well as its own rule (if not that of the Communist Party), could somehow survive its rigours. Another (the ‘conservatives’) wanted either to halt, or to turn back. Still another (now gathering in the Republican capitals) was eager for further and faster reform, despite the shutdowns, deindustrialization and political upheaval it might entail.


World Market Communist Party Industrial Manager Rule Class Soviet Economy 
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  • David Lockwood
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  1. 1.Flinders University of South AustraliaAustralia

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