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Reconstructing the State : Personal Networks and Elite Identity in Soviet Russia - Gerald M. Easter

Reconstructing the State

Personal Networks and Elite Identity in Soviet Russia

Hardcover Published: 13th January 2000
ISBN: 9780521660853
Number Of Pages: 238

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Why do some state building efforts succeed when others fail? Using newly available archival sources, this book presents a new explanation for the rise and subsequent collapse of the Soviet state. The study explains how personal networks and elite identity served as informal sources of power that influenced state strength. Reconstructing the State also offers new interpretations of how the weak Bolshevik state extended its reach to a vast rural and multi-ethnic periphery as well as the dynamics of the center-regional conflict in the 1930s that culminated in the Great Terror.

"Easter's superb study illuminates the heretofore underappreciated role of regional elite networks in the evolution of the Soviet state. This lucidly written book is a fine political history embedded in a sophisticated and useful theoretical framework. It is an important contribution to political science and Soviet history." Zoltan Barany, University of Texas, Austin "This slender but well-researched volume seeks to provide new perspectives for understanding the collapse of the Soviet Union...Not the least of this volume's virtues is that it is not the final word about Krushchev but provides future scholars with a wealth of thoughtful insights and a superbly rich range of archival and bibliographical sources from which to begin further studies into Krushchev's policies, achievements, and errors." Slavic Reviews "Reconstructing the state makes a contribution to the study of state building in the Soviet Union... Although the book will be of primary benefit to area specialists, its lessons are also important for generalists in comparative politics and international relations. Easter's well-researched study reminds us that both formal and informal instutions play critical roles in building the political capacity of new states." International Politics

Preface
Introduction: explaining state-building outcomes and the Soviet Russian case
Structure and Identity in the Post-Revolutionary State Elite
Anatomy of a regional elite: the rise of the provincial Komitetchiki
Constructing an elite identity: images of self, service and state
Informal Sources of Power in the Post-Revolutionary State
Extending the reach of the state: personal networks and territorial administration
The constraints of power: personal networks and central rulership
Intrastate Conflict and the Constraints of Power Redefined
Center and regions in conflict I: collectivization and the crisis of regional leadership
Center and regions in conflict II: the fall of the provincial Komitetchiki
Conclusion: state building and the Soviet Russian case reconsidered
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521660853
ISBN-10: 0521660858
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 13th January 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.52