Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Soviet Union—Politics and government—1985-1991; Nationalism--Soviet Union--History;
More than seventy years after the October Revolution a crisis in the Soviet Union has caused its citizens to suffer a loss of faith. This disillusionment seemingly stems from the lack of success in economic reform and the chaos of the democratization policy implemented since the rise to power of M.S. Gorbachev in March 1985. The following reaction has not merely condemned Horbachev's "experimentation" with the Pandora's box of perestroika and glasnost'; the first years of the 1990s have also seen the increasing tendency to blacken the whole of Soviet History, to trace the root of all the ills of Soviet society not only to the Stalin era but also to the revolutionary events in Petrograd in 1917 and the introduction and misapplication of Marxist_Leninist theory. In 1989 V. Korotich, the liberal editor of the popular journal Ogonek, summed up this bitter mood: "Perhaps ours is one of the few European countries that never fully benefited from this revolution" (Mihajlov, 30).
Date of Award
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1991 Brian Granger
Granger, Brian, "Russian nationalism and Pamiat" (1991). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 73.