Geoffrey Hosking, one of the world’s preeminent scholars of Russian history, provides a unique perspective on the rapid changes the country experienced in the late 1980s. Other books have focused on the political changes that took place under Gorbachev; Hosking’s lively analysis illuminates the social, cultural, and historical developments that created the need—and openness—for sweeping political and economic change.
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.
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.
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.
Geoffrey Hosking has…produced a series of almost timeless essays on the deeper currents of change and reform within the Soviet system.
Geoffrey Hosking is Emeritus Professor of Russian History at University College London.