Chinese Leadership Mistakes in 1980s Essay

Chinese Leadership Mistakes in 1980s Essay

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Asia is not always a positive term. It is sometimes used as a proud badge of anti-Western defiance, to be sure, but here it means backward, inefficient, sluggish, and corrupt; the non-European face of Russia. It is a form of national self-denigration, an expression, perhaps, of what a Russian sociologist has called the “experience of failure,” the idea that Russia is always lagging behind the West. When Mikhail Gorbachev embarked on his political reforms in the 1980’s, he was trying to save socialism, but he was also playing to a Western gallery. Like other liberal reformers before him, he wanted Russia to join the West. He basked in his Western popularity, even as many Russians blamed him for yet another experience of failure: the collapse of the Soviet Empire. (more…)

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