Uri Ra'anan (editor); Forward by Robert Conquest.
Lexington Books, 2006
This authoritative study examines Russia's four key succession crises: after Stalin's death, throughout Khrushchev's primacy, during the implosion of the USSR, and with Putin's ascent to power. The distinguished authors argue that the common denominator has been the absence of a transparent, non-arbitrary, and lawful mechanism for the transfer of political power. Consequently, contenders for leadership have engaged in vicious power struggles followed by pseudo-legitimation of the victor. As Moscow reemerges as a major international actor, its unpredictability domestically triggers after shocks well beyond Russia's borders. Drawing on newly available primary sources, this book provides essential insights for practitioners and students of policy alike.Order it!
Table of Contents
Foreword: R. Conquest
Preface: U. Ra’anan
Part I – Sic Transit: Stalin’s Heirs
Part II – Khrushchev: An Era of Coups
Part III – One of a Kind: The Gorbachev-to-Yel’tsin Transition
Part IV – The 18th Brumaire of Vladimir Putin
Epilogue: U. Ra’anan
List of Contributors