Collapse of an empire : lessons for modern Russia /

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Bibliographic Details
Uniform title:Gibelʹ imperii.
Author / Creator: Gaĭdar, E. T.
Format: Book
Imprint: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2007]
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • I. The Grandeur and the Fall of Empires
  • Modern Economic Growth and the Era of Empires
  • Crisis and the Dismantling of Overseas Empires
  • Problems of Dissolving Territorially Integrated Empires
  • The Yugoslav Tragedy
  • II. Authoritarian Regimes: The Causes of Instability
  • Challenges in the Early Stages of Modern Economic Growth and Authoritarianism
  • The Instability of Authoritarian Regimes
  • Mechanisms of the Collapse of Authoritarianism
  • III. The Oil Curse
  • The Spanish Prologue
  • Resource Wealth and Economic Development
  • Specifics of the Oil Market
  • Regulating the Oil Market in the Twentieth Century
  • Challenges Related to Price Fluctuations of Commodities: Mexico and Venezuela
  • In Search of a Way Out: A Response to the Dangers of Unstable Commodity Pricing
  • IV. Cracks in the Foundation: The Soviet Union in the Early 1980s
  • Growing Problems and Bad Decisions
  • Food Supply Problems
  • Food Shortages-A Strategic Challenge
  • The USSR as the Largest Importer of Food
  • Oil in Western Siberia: The Illusion of Salvation
  • A Drop in Oil Prices: The Final Blow
  • The Collapse of the USSR: The Unexpected Becomes the Rule
  • V. The Political Economy of External Shocks
  • Deteriorating Conditions for Foreign Trade: Political Alternatives
  • The USSR and the Drop in Oil Prices: The Essence of the Choice
  • A Series of Mistakes
  • Mounting Problems in the Soviet Economy
  • The Hard Currency Crisis
  • Economic and Political Liberalization against the Background of the Hard Currency and Financial Problems
  • VI. Development of the Crisis in the Socialist System
  • Political Credits
  • The Price of Compromise
  • The Crisis of the Empire and the Nationality Question
  • Loss of Control over the Economic and Political Situation
  • The Currency Crisis
  • From Crisis to Catastrophe
  • "Extraordinary Efforts" instead of Reforms
  • On the Brink of Default
  • VII. On the Path to State Bankruptcy
  • The Grain Problem
  • Prices Skyrocket
  • Money and the Fate of the Empire
  • VIII. The Fall
  • The Political Economy of the Failed Coup
  • Political Death Throes
  • Political Disintegration: Economic Consequences
  • A Civilized Divorce
  • Afterword
  • Notes
  • Index