The "Mystery" of the Soviet Collapse

  title={The "Mystery" of the Soviet Collapse},
  author={Leon Rabinovich Aron},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={21 - 35}
  • L. Aron
  • Published 25 April 2006
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Democracy
As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the demise of the Soviet Union, its sudden collapse remains mysterious. At the time, virtually no Western experts, Soviet or foreign officials, or even Soviet reformers foresaw the impending collapse of the system of one-party dictatorship, state ownership of the economy, and Kremlin control over its domestic and East European empires. Structuralism alone does not provide a satisfactory account of the chain of events. One must also consider the… Expand
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