The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy

The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy

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The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy, by Metta Spencer, traces the changing orientations toward peace and democracy among Soviet/Russian citizens since 1982, revealing the extreme influence of transnational civil society on Gorbachev's policies and on the social capital democracy requires. This book is indispensable for those studying comparative international affairs, peace and disarmament policies, Russian and military history, and the diffusion of ideas.show more

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  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739144731
  • 9780739144732

About Metta Spencer

Metta Spencer is editor-in-chief of Peace magazine and professor emeritus of sociology at University of Toronto. To learn more about the author and her research, please visit http://russianpeaceanddemocracy.com/show more

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This brilliant work illuminates not only crucial developments in modern Russian history, but the profound influence transnational civil society has had on building a peaceful and democratic world... -- Lawrence S. Wittner, professor at the State University of New York, Albany, and author of Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear In this book, Metta Spencer tells the important but neglected story of the contacts between Western peace activists and Soviet intellectuals (both official and dissident) through the words of those who took part. In so doing, she dispels the myths prevalent in Western policy-making circles that the West 'won' the Cold War through its military strength?myths which still have a distorting affect on policy. Anyone who wants to know how the Cold War ended will find this book immensely useful... -- Mary Kaldor, co-director of the Center for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science Spencer has an engaging style of writing, very like a personal conversation. The book is deeply interesting for its theoretical content and fascinating for the cameos of extraordinary people who appear in the pages.Spencer has an engaging style of writing, very like a personal conversation. The book is deeply interesting for its theoretical content and fascinating for the cameos of extraordinary people who appear in the pages. Medicine, Conflict and Survival [Spencer's] chronicle of the spirit and ingenuity of Russians and their ability to overcome the most unbreachable barriers is anything but discouraging. I look forward to the next chapter. Literary Review Of Canada Metta has an engaging style of writing, very like a personal conversation. The book is deeply interesting for its theoretical content, and fascinating for the cameos of extraordinary people who appear in the pages. Book Review Spencer's valuable account of this period in Eastern European socio-political history gives voice to those whose multifarious works ended the Cold War. She quotes at length from her extensive interviews - covering some 28 years of work in the field - shedding light not only on the accomplishments of individuals, but also on their characters. Foreign Policy A very interesting and informative text, especially for readers who are interested in political sociology, social movements, and Russian history. Book Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Termites and Barking Dogs Chapter 2: Social Capital and Ideology Chapter 3: Two Scientists, Two Paths Chapter 4: Foreign Communists Chapter 5: Three Freelance Diplomats Chapter 6: A Civil Society: Elite Bears and Doves Chapter 7: Scientists and Weaponeers Chapter 8: In the Hands of Experts Chapter 9: Do Peace and Democracy Work? Chapter 10: The Soviet Peace Movement at the Time of the Coup Chapter 11: The End and the Beginning Chapter 12: From Below and Sideways Chapter 13: Social Traps? Toward an Explanation of Totalitarianism Chapter 14: Quest? What Quest? Chapter 15: Conclusion Acknowledgments Bibliographyshow more