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The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR

Chris Miller


For half a century the Soviet economy was inefficient but stable. In the late 1980s, to the surprise of nearly everyone, it suddenly collapsed. Why did this happen? And what role did Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's economic reforms play in the country's dissolution? In this groundbreaking study, Chris Miller shows that Gorbachev and his allies tried to learn from the great success story of transitions from socialism to capitalism, Deng Xiaoping's China. Why, then, were efforts to revitalize Soviet socialism so much less successful than in China? Making use of never-before-studied documents f ... More

Keywords: Russia, Soviet Union, Communism, Economic History, Economic Reform, Cold War, Eastern Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630175
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Miller, author
Yale University