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Author Hollander, Paul, 1932-2019

Title Political will and personal belief : the decline and fall of Soviet communism / Paul Hollander
Published New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 1999

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 356 pages)
Contents The human factor in the failure of communism -- Defectors and exiles: disillusionment before the fall -- Soviet leaders: the reformers -- The ambivalence of high-level functionaries -- The political transformation of East European leaders -- Leading specialists in "state security" (political police) -- Conclusions: the unity of theory and practice -- Appendix: the interviews
Summary "Paul Hollander focuses on the human aspects of the failure of Soviet communism. He examines how members of the Soviet political elite, leaders in communist Czechoslovakia and Hungary, high-ranking officials in agencies of control and coercion, and distinguished defectors and exiles experienced the erosion of ideals that undermined the political system they had once believed in."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Communist leadership -- Soviet Union
Communism -- Soviet Union -- History
Communist leadership -- Europe, Eastern
Communism -- Europe, Eastern -- History
Defectors -- Soviet Union
Defectors -- Europe, Eastern
Communism -- Europe, Eastern
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism.
Communism
Communist leadership
Defectors
Politics and government
Communisme.
Politieke elites.
Politieke attituden.
Politieke moraal.
Politieke hervormingen.
Leadership communiste -- URSS.
Transfuges -- URSS.
Communisme -- URSS -- Histoire.
Leadership communiste -- Europe de l'Est.
Transfuges -- Europe de l'Est.
Communisme -- Europe de l'Est -- Histoire.
Dirigeants politiques -- Europe de l'Est -- 1970-2000.
Dirigeants politiques -- URSS -- 1970-2000.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government.
Eastern Europe
Soviet Union
Sovjet-Unie.
URSS -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1985-1991.
Europe de l'Est -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1945-1989.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585348820
9780585348827
9780300144208
0300144202
9780300076202
0300076207