Sakwa's Russian Politics and Society is the most comprehensive study of Russia's post-communist political development. For this third edition, Sakwa has updated the text throughout to include details of Yeltsin's second term and the impact on Russian politics of the rise of his successor, Vladimir Putin.
It has, since its first publication in 1993, become an indispensable guide for all those who need to know about the current political scene in Russia, about the country's political stability and about the future of democracy under its post-communist leadership.
Also contains a substantially expanded bibliography and appendices showing election results, chronology, social and demographic figures and recent census data.This is the ideal introductory textbook: it covers all the key issues; it is clearly written; and it includes the most up-to-date material available.
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Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of Soviet Politics: An Introduction and of Gorbachev and His Reforms 1985-1900; in addition, he has edited Ruslan Khasbulatov's The Struggle for Russia.Review:
Sakwa's Russian Politics and Society is THE place to begin to understand how Russia found itself in its current perilous position..
–Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Chicago
A remarkable achievement - comprehensive in scope and judicious in its interpretation, this is a satisfying portrait of the world's largest state as it enters a new millennium..
–Stephen White, University of Glasgow
Already a standard in the field, this third edition of Richard Sakwa's Russian Politics and Society represents a provocative yet balanced account of the country's political development and degeneration. The coverage is impressively comprehensive, rendering its subject both accessible to lay readers and engaging for the specialist. The book is superbly informed by one of Russia's most astute analysts..
–Michael Urban, University of California, Santa Cruz
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