Serious stock-taking is in progress now among practitioners of whathas been called Sovietology, meaning studies of the Union of SovietSocialist Republics. The reason is that the field for the most part hadnot been expecting what happened in 1991: The USSR collapsed andwent out of existence as a unified state system governing a sixth ofthe world's territory, having allowed its East European empire tofree itself from Soviet dominance somewhat earlier.It might be said in defense of Sovietology that, by the beginningof the 1980s, it understood that economic and political crises werebrewing in the Soviet Union and its outer empire. But the field asa whole failed to grasp the full depth of the systemic crisis in SovietRussia and the destructive or self-destructive potentialities inherentin it. As the editors of this valuable volume write in the Introduction:"Sovietology was not prepared for perestroika and postcommunism."

part One|23 pages


chapter 1|21 pages

Communist Studies and Political Science

Cold War and Peaceful Coexistence

part Two|178 pages

Methodology and Lessons from the Past

chapter 4|25 pages

Science and Sovietology

Bridging the Methods Gap in Soviet Foreign Policy Studies

part Three|166 pages

Empirical Theory and Understanding the Present

chapter 11|33 pages

Soviet Reform and the End of the Cold War

Explaining Large-Scale Historical Change

chapter 12|25 pages

Political Dynamics of the Post-Communist Transition

A Comparative Perspective

chapter 13|34 pages

Regime Transition in Communist Systems

The Soviet Case

chapter 15|7 pages

The Soviet Ethnic Scene

A Quarter Century Later

chapter 16|8 pages

Approaches to the Study of Soviet Nationalities Politics

John Armstrong’s Functionalism and Beyond

part Four|17 pages


chapter 18|15 pages

Post-Communist Studies and Political Science

Peaceful Coexistence, Detente, and Entente