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The Legacy of Soviet Dissent

Dissidents, Democratisation and Radical Nationalism in Russia

By Robert Horvath

Routledge – 2004 – 294 pages

Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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Description

During the 1970s, dissidents like Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn dominated Western perceptions of the USSR, but were then quickly forgotten, as Gorbachev's reformers monopolised the spotlight. This book restores the dissidents to their rightful place in Russian history. Using a vast array of samizdat and published sources, it shows how ideas formulated in the dissident milieu clashed with the original programme of perestroika, and shaped the course of democratisation in post-Soviet Russia. Some of these ideas - such the dissidents' preoccupation with glasnost and legality, and their critique of revolutionary violence - became part of the agenda of Russia's democratic movement. But this book also demonstrates that dissidents played a crucial role in the rise of the new Russian radical nationalism. Both the friends and foes of Russian democracy have a dissident lineage.

Contents

1. Children of Terror 2. The Invention of Glasnost 3. The Rights-Defenders 4. The Fabrication of Russophobia 5. The Politics of Russophobia

Author Bio

Robert Horvath is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne. He teaches courses on East European history and the history of human rights.

Name: The Legacy of Soviet Dissent: Dissidents, Democratisation and Radical Nationalism in Russia (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Robert Horvath. During the 1970s, dissidents like Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn dominated Western perceptions of the USSR, but were then quickly forgotten, as Gorbachev's reformers monopolised the spotlight. This book restores the dissidents to their rightful place...
Categories: Contemporary History 1945-, Russian & Soviet Politics, Human Rights