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Gorbachev : man of the twentieth century? /
Mark Sandle.
imprint
London : Hodder Education, 2008.
description
viii, 366 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0340761598 (pbk.), 9780340761595 (pbk.)
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London : Hodder Education, 2008.
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0340761598 (pbk.)
9780340761595 (pbk.)
catalogue key
6675827
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 352-361) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mark Sandle, is Principal Lecturer in Russian and Soviet History at De Montfort University, UK
Reviews
Review Quotes
"This book is a well-organised and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."
"A perceptive study of value not only to those interested in recent Russian history but also to those who work on historiography and historical method, because Sandle demonstrates the complexities involved in the construction of historical reputation."
"A perceptive study of value not only to those interested in recent Russian history but also to those who work on historiography and historical method, because Sandle demonstrates the complexities involved in the construction of historical reputation."Jeremy Black, The Historical Association "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."Harold Shukman, Time Higher Education Supplement
"A perceptive study of value not only to those interested in recent Russian history but also to those who work on historiography and historical method, because Sandle demonstrates the complexities involved in the construction of historical reputation."Jeremy Black, The Historical Association "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."Harold Shukman,Time Higher Education Supplement
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Summaries
Main Description
This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev remains such an enigmatic figure. Mark Sandle is Principal Lecturer in Russian and Soviet History at De Montfort University, UK. This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev remains such an enigmatic figure. "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."Harold Shukman,Time Higher Education Supplement "A perceptive study of value not only to those interested in recent Russian history but also to those who work on historiography and historical method, because Sandle demonstrates the complexities involved in the construction of historical reputation."Jeremy Black, The Historical Association "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."Harold Shukman,Time Higher Education Supplement
Main Description
This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev remains such an enigmatic figure. Mark Sandleis Principal Lecturer in Russian and Soviet History at De Montfort University. This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev remains such an enigmatic figure. "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."--Harold Shukman,The Times Higher Education Supplement "A perceptive study of value not only to those interested in recent Russian history but also to those who work on historiography and historical method, because Sandle demonstrates the complexities involved in the construction of historical reputation."--Jeremy Black, The Historical Association "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."--Harold Shukman,The Times Higher Education Supplement
Main Description
This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev remains such an enigmatic figure.
Main Description
This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev remains such an enigmatic figure. Mark Sandleis Principal Lecturer in Russian and Soviet History at De Montfort University.Few people have shaped the contemporary world as Mikhail Gorbachev did between 1985 and 1991. Few people could lay claim to being one of the individuals who defined the twentieth century. Few people are so instantly recognizable, and yet remain so unknown. Few people have been subject to such conflicting judgments. How can we make sense of Mikhail Gorbachev? This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources--East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular--to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev still appears to be such an enigmatic figure. It assesses his long-term historical significance and evaluates the way in which Gorbachev's historical reputation has waxed and waned in the years since 1985. By considering his subject from a variety of angles and in a number of contexts, Mark Sandle highlights the difficulties in appraising Gorbachev, difficulties which not only stem from the complex and ambiguous character of the man himself, but also from the conflicting agendas of those who seek to evaluate him. As well as offering a series of challenging and detailed interpretations of Gorbachev in and out of power,Gorbachev: Man of the Twentieth Century'sheds light on the nature of political leadership, the problems of historical reputation, the reliability of sources and the essence and meaning of the twentieth century itself. "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."--Harold Shukman,The Times Higher Education Supplement "A perceptive study of value not only to those interested in recent Russian history but also to those who work on historiography and historical method, because Sandle demonstrates the complexities involved in the construction of historical reputation."--Jeremy Black, The Historical Association "This book is a well-organized and useful guide to understanding the conflicts and ambiguities of his era."--Harold Shukman,The Times Higher Education Supplement
Main Description
Few people have shaped the contemporary world as Mikhail Gorbachev did between 1985 and 1991. Few people could lay claim to being one of the individuals who defined the twentieth century. Few people are so instantly recognizable, and yet remain so unknown. Few people have been subject to such conflicting judgments. How can we make sense of Mikhail Gorbachev? This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources--East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular--to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev still appears to be such an enigmatic figure. It assesses his long-term historical significance and evaluates the way in which Gorbachev's historical reputation has waxed and waned in the years since 1985. By considering his subject from a variety of angles and in a number of contexts, Mark Sandle highlights the difficulties in appraising Gorbachev, difficulties which not only stem from the complex and ambiguous character of the man himself, but also from the conflicting agendas of those who seek to evaluate him. As well as offering a series of challenging and detailed interpretations of Gorbachev in and out of power,Gorbachev: Manof the Twentieth Century?sheds light on the nature of political leadership, the problems of historical reputation, the reliability of sources and the essence and meaning of the twentieth century itself.
Main Description
Few people have shaped the contemporary world as Mikhail Gorbachev did between 1985 and 1991. Few people could lay claim to being one of the individuals who defined the twentieth century. Few people are so instantly recognizable and yet remain so unknown. Few people have been subject to such conflicting judgements. How can we make sense of Mikhail Gorbachev? This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources - East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular - to try to understand the reasons why Gorbachev still appears to be such an enigmatic figure. It assesses his long-term historical significance and evaluates the way in which Gorbachev's historical reputation has waxed and waned in the years since 1985. By considering his subject from a variety of angles and in a number of contexts, Mark Sandle highlights the difficulties in appraising Gorbachev, difficulties which not only stem from the complex and ambiguous character of the man himself, but also from the conflicting agendas of those who seek to evaluate him. Book jacket.
Main Description
Few people have shaped the contemporary world as Mikhail Gorbachev did between 1985 and 1991. And yet, few people have been so feted abroad and yet so unpopular at home. Few people are so instantly recognizable and yet remain so unknown. How can we understand the paradox that is Gorbachev?This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources-East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular-to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev still appears to be such an enigmatic figure. Gorbachev: Man of the Century? assesses his long-term historicalsignificance and evaluates the way in which Gorbachev's historical reputation has waxed and waned in the years since 1985. By considering his subject from a variety of angles and in a number of contexts, Mark Sandle highlights the difficulties in appraising Gorbachev, difficulties which not onlystem from the complex and ambiguous character of the man himself, but also from the conflicting agendas of those who seek to evaluate him.Offering a series of challenging and detailed interpretations of Gorbachev in and out of power, Gorbachev: Man of the Twentieth Century? also sheds light on the nature of political leadership, the problems of historical reputation, the reliability of sources and the essence and meaning of thetwentieth century itself.
Long Description
Few people have shaped the contemporary world as Mikhail Gorbachev did between 1985 and 1991. Few people have been so feted abroad and yet so unpopular at home. Few people are so instantly recognizable and yet remain so unknown. How can we understand the paradox that is Gorbachev? This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources €" East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular €" to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev still appears to be such an enigmatic figure. It assesses his long-term historical significance and evaluates the way in which Gorbachev's historical reputation has waxed and waned in the years since 1985. By considering his subject from a variety of angles and in a number of contexts, Mark Sandle highlights the difficulties in appraising Gorbachev, difficulties which not only stem from the complex and ambiguous character of the man himself, but also from the conflicting agendas of those who seek to evaluate him. As well as offering a series of challenging and detailed interpretations of Gorbachev in and out of power, Gorbachev: Man of the Twentieth Century? sheds light on the nature of political leadership, the problems of historical reputation, the reliability of sources and the essence and meaning of the twentieth century itself.
Long Description
Few people have shaped the contemporary world as Mikhail Gorbachev did between 1985 and 1991. Few people could lay claim to being one of the individuals who defined the twentieth century. Few people are so instantly recognisable, and yet remain so unknown. Few people have been subject to such conflicting judgements. How can we make sense of Mikhail Gorbachev? This new study draws upon a wide variety of sources - East and West, textual and visual, newspaper and memoir, academic and popular - to try and understand the reasons why Gorbachev still appears to be such an enigmatic figure. It assesses his long-term historical significance and evaluates the way in which Gorbachev's historical reputation has waxed and waned in the years since 1985. By considering his subject from a variety of angles and in a number of contexts, Mark Sandle highlights the difficulties in appraising Gorbachev, difficulties which not only stem from the complex and ambiguous character of the man himself, but also from the conflicting agendas of those who seek to evaluate him. As well as offering a series of challenging and detailed interpretations of Gorbachev in and out of power, Gorbachev: Man of the Twentieth Century? sheds light on the nature of political leadership, the problems of historical reputation, the reliability of sources and the essence and meaning of the twentieth century itself.
Bowker Data Service Summary
As well as offering a series of challenging and detailed interpretations of Gorbachev in and out of power, this book sheds light on the nature of political leadership, the problems of historical reputation, the reliability of sources and the essence and meaning of the 20th century itself.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: The 'problem' of Gorbachevp. 1
Who was Mikhail Gorbachev and where did he come from?p. 11
Gorbachev: The inside storyp. 38
Gorbachev and the Western media: Love in a cold climatep. 93
The Soviet view: The slow death of the choreographed leaderp. 129
Gorbachev remembered: The personality conundrump. 176
Gorbachev assessed: The sorcerer's apprentice?p. 209
Gorbachev remembers: Constructing a reputation: from prominence to significance?p. 263
Conclusion: Gorbachev, man of the twentieth century?p. 301
Notesp. 314
Bibliographyp. 352
Indexp. 363
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