Perestroika: From Marxism and Bolshevism to Gorbachev

By: Svetozar Stojanovic

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The latter half of the 1980s has witnessed a warming trend in East-West relations, the success of which can be attributed in large measure to Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev's efforts at international glasnost along with a domentic reform movement known as perestroika. But how should these two important changes be understood within the broader limits of theoretical Marxism and the political realities of revolutionary bolshevism? Here Svetozar Stojanovic, one of Eastern Europe's most astute political and social observers, offers an original synthesis of philosophy, sociology, political science, and history as he critically analyzes and evaluates Marxism, bolshevism, and contemporary communism with an eye toward the prospects for real liberal reform.
As a political dissident and a member of the internationally known Praxis group, whose critical assessments of Eastern European communism incurred the wrath of the Yugoslav government, Stojanovic is in a unique position to evaluate objectively the current of reform that has swept the Soviet Union and its satellites. In Perestroika, he transcends Marxist revisionism to distinguish himself as an intellectual on the cutting edge of the post-Marxist era.
In this extraordinary work, Stojanovic questions and analyzes the real legacy left by Karl Marx to those who would establish nation-states in his name. What are the practical and theoretical risks of a thorough-going reform of statist socialism? A significant new theory of class is offered, one that distinguishes "ruling" from "dominant" classes in an effort to better understand the social, political, and economic dynamics of contemporary socialism. How can the Soviet state move from the ashes of Stalinism to "Real Socialism"? What are the dangers of a conservative backlash against such efforts at reform? In the end, Stojanovic contends that there is a realistic systemic-structural chance for liberal reform of the communist state.

Title: Perestroika: From Marxism and Bolshevism to Gorbachev

Author Name: Svetozar Stojanovic

Categories: Political,

Publisher: Prometheus Books: 1988-09

ISBN Number: 0879754885

ISBN Number 13: 9780879754884

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: SH46-0879754885

Description: No dust jacket, black boards with gold lettering, no markings in text, pages clean and binding tight