ABOUT THIS BOOK
One of the world's preeminent scholars of Russian History, Geoffrey Hosking illuminates the social, cultural, and historical developments that created the need--and openness--for the political and economic changes that occurred in the late 1980's.
Reviews of this book: "The Awakening of the Soviet Union
does more to help English speakers understand these changes than any of the dozens of books on the subject published in the past five years." --Anthony Astrachan, The Nation
"The most useful and reliable guide to the chaos of the current Soviet Union...[Hosking's] grasp of the overall picture of the Soviet Union and of its history is solid and uncluttered." --The Economist
"Among the most enlightening and informative accounts of what has already been one of the most amazing peaceful revolutions in modern times...[A] fine study." --Adam B. Ulam, New York Times Book Review
"Geoffrey Hosking has...produced a series of almost timeless essays on the deeper currents of change and reform within the Soviet system." --Martin Walker, Washington Post Book World