Weaving together international relations theory with intricate empirical case studies of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Sweden, and their attitudes towards the Soviet Union, this research text should be of use to those studying Western Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union and area studies generally. It compares the response to events in the Soviet Union methodically across four different countries: France, Great Britain, Sweden and the United States, and the research covers the responses among three different types of actors within each country: senior politicians, editorialists, and Sovietologists. The author systematically assesses whether or not any scholar predicted the demise of the Soviet Union, based not on impressions but on scholarly analysis founded on a definition of the terms forecast and prediction. Then, on the basis of the analysis of the attempts to prognosticate the continuation of Gorbachev's reforms, the volume systematically assesses to what extent it may be possible to foretell events and process in social science.
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Descripción Ashgate Pub Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 754619532