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Gorbachev: The Man and the System portrays Gorbachev's rise to power and his tenure in office against the background of a period of critical change and development in the Soviet system. The research is primarily based on Soviet materials, supplemented and critically compared with a wide range of Western press and academic studies. Both Zemtsov and Farrar bring to the analysis their own experiences, acquired under different circumstances.Part I focuses on a selected chronology of significant events from Gorbachev's assumption of power in March 1985 to June 1987. The authors examine leadership and personnel changes, the economy, the society, and the arts. Part II takes a look at foreign policies by examining: relations with the United States and the industrialized West; arms control policy; relations with Eastern Europe; relations with the People's Republic of China; and relations with the third world. Part III explores Gorbachev's military policies. Part IV concludes with the authors' assessment of the future. Included in this book are appendices on: changes in the Council of Ministers, Ministers, and Chairmen of State Committees; Politburo and central committee meetings since Gorbachev became General Secretary, through June 1987; and announced changes in the Diplomatic Corps and Foreign Ministry as reported in the Soviet press. The hardcover edition of this book was published in Gorbachev's early years. It thus represents an early assessment, and as such a document of events at the time they occurred. Renewed interest in communism, and in the dissolution of the Soviet Union make this paperback edition timely.
Ilya Zemtsov was born in the Soviet Union and received advanced degrees in philosophy and sociology from the National Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Since 1973 he has lived in Israel, where he is professor of Russian Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and director of the International Research Center on Contemporary Society (IRCCS). He has published widely on many aspects of Soviet society. John H. Farrar was head of the Department of Strategic Studies, IRCCS, until the summer of 1987. Since completing the book, he has joined the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. During his thirty year career in the U.S. Army, he held a variety of positions on the Department of Army staff, in the Defense Intelligence Agency, and at NATO headquarters.