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Hard Times - Impoverishment and Protest in the Perestroika Years : The Soviet Union 1985-1991 :  The Soviet Union 1985-1991 - William Moskoff

Hard Times - Impoverishment and Protest in the Perestroika Years : The Soviet Union 1985-1991

The Soviet Union 1985-1991

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Published: 1993
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The precipitous decline of the Soviet population's standard of living in the last years of the USSR is one of the great ironies of the Gorbachev era. In Hard Times, economist William Moskoff takes a closer look at the objective and subjective experience of economic decline as it affected ordinary citizens.
After an introductory survey of the Soviet economy during these years, Moskoff examines several key problems: the chronic shortages of food and consumer goods, so emblematic of Soviet life, and the hoarding, black marketeering, and corruption which scarcity fostered. Next he takes the measure of declining living standards in the late 1980s and early 1990s as reflected in prices and incomes, collapsing social programs, and rising indigency and homelessness. Employment, by contrast, shows a relatively small decline - a reflection of political rather than economic realities.
In concluding chapters the population's response to the combined experience of political liberalization and economic distress is examined, with special attention to labor militancy and the radicalization of popular moods.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 7
The Soviet Economy Under Gorbachevp. 9
Notesp. 24
The Shortage Economyp. 27
Notesp. 78
Prices, Income, and The Falling Standard of Livingp. 87
Notesp. 123
Unemploymentp. 129
Notesp. 175
Strikes and the New Labor Militancyp. 183
Notesp. 225
Conclusionp. 233
Notep. 236
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9781563242144
ISBN-10: 1563242141
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2