The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy
Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR
By Chris Miller
264 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 graphs, 1 tables, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3017-5
Published: December 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3018-2
Published: October 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6153-7
Published: August 2020
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Awards & distinctions
One of the Top 20 Books for Understanding China, China Economic Quarterly
Making use of never-before-studied documents from the Soviet politburo and other archives, Miller argues that the difference between the Soviet Union and China--and the ultimate cause of the Soviet collapse--was not economics but politics. The Soviet government was divided by bitter conflict, and Gorbachev, the ostensible Soviet autocrat, was unable to outmaneuver the interest groups that were threatened by his economic reforms. Miller's analysis settles long-standing debates about the politics and economics of perestroika, transforming our understanding of the causes of the Soviet Union's rapid demise.
About the Author
Chris Miller is assistant professor of international history at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and co-director of the school's Russia and Eurasia Program. He is also Eurasia Director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
For more information about Chris Miller, visit the Author Page.