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Doc Type: 
Historical Study
Date: 
2005-12-22
Author: 
Dunlop, J.
Full Title: 
One of a Kind: The Gorbachev-to-Yeltsin Transition
Language Type: 
English
Pages: 
89-132
Publisher: 
Lexington Books
Pub City: 
Oxford
ISBN: 
0739114026

 

Dunlop, J. One of a Kind: The Gorbachev-to-Yeltsin Transition in Flawed Succession: Russia’s Power Transfer Crises (2006). Ed. Ra’anan, U. Published by Lexington Books. Oxford. pp. 89-132.

Summary by Dana Leigh Geraghty, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

In this book, Dunlop writes a chapter on the relationship between Gorbachev and Yeltsin from their early political years until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This account provides an interesting and accurate analysis of the difficult relationship and strong rivalry between the two influential political leaders. Dunlop intimates that the reformation of the Soviet system and then the putsch would not have occurred if not for the actions of Yeltsin and Gorbachev and if not for the relationship between them.  Dunlop argues that the failed coup was the deciding factor that shifted power and popularity from Gorbachev to Yeltsin, thereby signifying both Gorbachev’s and the USSR’s downfall.