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As Moscow Sees Us : American Politics and Society in the Soviet Mindset - Richard M. Mills

As Moscow Sees Us

American Politics and Society in the Soviet Mindset

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Published: 26th July 1990
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This work explores how Soviet analysts interpret American domestic politics and social movements by examining their answers to such questions as: "Who rules America?" "How do these rulers stay in power?" and "How do the major classes interact in the American social and political arenas?" Mills demonstrates that, despite growing Soviet understanding of the American political system and their increasing interpretive emphasis on elites rather than classes, Soviet analysis continues to be constrained by an intricate "mindset" that resists modification. An intimate look at Soviet political thinking, this study also considers recent changes, and the prospects for the evolution of a more refined framework under perestroika.

"Mills has provided both the scholarly and policy-making community with an excellent treatment of Soviet elite perceptions of the United States....Has advanced significantly the state of knowledge on Soviet elite attitudes of American politics and society, the reasons for their persistence and their possible future direction."--Russian Review "The book is liberally sprinkled with thoughts and quotes from other prominent players in the drama that has played--and played out--in the years since its publication. It is a well documented scholarly account of most scholarly sources that informed Soviet opinion and policy about U.S. politics and society....[A] useful synthesis."--Slavic Review "The most comprehensive treatment I have seen on Soviet analyses of the United States. A significant contribution to the field...the scholarship is prodigiously sound."--Mark N. Katz, George Mason University "Mills has provided both the scholarly and policy-making community with an excellent treatment of Soviet elite perceptions of the United States....Has advanced significantly the state of knowledge on Soviet elite attitudes of American politics and society, the reasons for their persistence and their possible future direction."--Russian Review "The book is liberally sprinkled with thoughts and quotes from other prominent players in the drama that has played--and played out--in the years since its publication. It is a well documented scholarly account of most scholarly sources that informed Soviet opinion and policy about U.S. politics and society....[A] useful synthesis."--Slavic Review "The most comprehensive treatment I have seen on Soviet analyses of the United States. A significant contribution to the field...the scholarship is prodigiously sound."--Mark N. Katz, George Mason University

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
American Politics and the Soviet Mindsetp. 19
Who Rules? Economic Power and Political Powerp. 21
How Do They Rule? Liberal Democracy in Americap. 44
American Society and the Soviet Mindsetp. 63
Who Are the Rulers and the Ruled? the Class Structurep. 65
How Do Rulers and Ruled Interact? the Class Strugglep. 86
Continuity and Change in Soviet Analyses of American Politicsp. 123
Soviet Intellectual Contexts and the Interpretation of American Politicsp. 125
American Political Institutions and Processes: Soviet Evaluationsp. 161
Interpretationp. 219
Explaining American Politics: Theories of Class, Pluralism, and Elitismp. 221
Conclusionsp. 252
Notesp. 257
Referencesp. 271
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780195062601
ISBN-10: 0195062604
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th July 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 2.2 x 1.4  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52