In this third edition of his text, Sakwa (Russian and European politics, U. of Kent at Canterbury, UK) updates and restructures his analysis of post-communist Russian institutional, political, and social development. A thematic approach has been taken with separate chapters dealing with the fall of communism; political institutions and processes; federalism, regionalism, and nationalism; the economy and society; foreign policies; and dilemmas of democratization. The volume has been updated to take into account events of Putin's presidency, but some of the material related to the October 1993 crisis, the evolution of the constitution, and other issues from earlier editions has been removed. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
Sakwa's Russian Politics and Society is THE place to begin to understand how Russia found itself in its current perilous position.