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Gorbachev and Soviet Nationalism
This paper discusses the evolution of Soviet President Gorbachev's policy with respect to the nationalities issue from1988-91.
# 18699 | 2,700 words | 8 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2003 in History (Leaders) , History (European - 20th Century)


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"This study will contrast the policy of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev with respect to the nationalities issue in the Soviet Union as presented in his book "Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World" and the policy that has emerged as Gorbachev responded to turbulent events in the Soviet republics since October, 1990. The study will discuss the changes that have occurred in Gorbachev's thought and actions as a result of these events.

The first observation which even a casual reader must make with respect to Gorbachev's treatment of the nationalities issue in Perestroika is that there is so little of that coverage. It might be said that Gorbachev refers obliquely to the problems of the republics and their nationalities issues when he writes with some sense of threat in his tone on the "observance of law ... "

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