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Author Breslauer, George W

Title Gorbachev and Yeltsin as leaders / George W. Breslauer
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002


Description 1 online resource (xv, 331 pages)
Contents Preface -- Leadership strategies in Soviet and post-Soviet politics -- Gorbachev and Yeltsin : personalities and beliefs -- Rise of Gorbachev -- Gorbachev ascendant -- Gorbachev on the political defensive -- Yeltsin versus Gorbachev -- Yeltsin ascendant -- Yeltsin on the political defensive -- Yeltsin lashes out : the invasion of Chechnya (December 1994) -- Yeltsin's many last hurrahs -- Explaining leaders' choices, 1985-1999 -- Criteria for the evaluation of transformational leaders -- Evaluating Gorbachev as leader -- Evaluating Yeltsin as leader
Summary "How did Gorbachev and Yeltsin get away with transforming and replacing the Soviet system and its foreign relations? Why did they act as they did in pushing for such radical changes? And how will history evaluate their accomplishments? In this unique and original study, George W. Breslauer compares and evaluates the leadership strategies adopted by Gorbachev and Yeltsin at each stage of their administrations: political rise, political ascendancy, and political decline. He demonstrates how these men used the power of ideas to mobilize support for their policies, to seize the initiative from political rivals, and to mold their images as effective problem solvers, indispensable politicians, and symbols of national unity and elan
Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders also compares these men with Khrushchev and Brezhnev, yielding new insight into the nature of Soviet and post-Soviet politics and into the dynamics of "transformational" leadership more generally. The book is an important contribution to the analysis and evaluation of political leadership. It is well written and accessible to the nonspecialist."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931-
Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich, 1931-2007.
Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931-
Yeltsin, Boris Nikolayevich, 1931-2007.
Gorbatchev, Mikhail Sergueevitch, (1931- ...)
Eltsine, Boris Nikolaevitch, (1931-2007)
El·cin, Boris N.
Gorbačëv, Michail S.
Russland Regierung
Politics and government
Politieke leiding.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1985-1991.
Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union.
Russie -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1991-2000.
URSS -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1985-1991.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511613531