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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.
 

     
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Memoirs

Mikhail Gorbachev

Memoirs

Doubleday, New York, 1996

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Foreword by Martin McCauley
vii
A Note on Russian Names
xix
To the Reader
xxiii
In Place of a Preface
xxvi
 
 
PART I Roots
 
 
 
1 27 November 1978
3
2 Stavropol - Moscow - Stavropol
18
3 Moscow State University
41
4 An Initial Test of Strength
56
5 Launching My Party Career
73
6 The Challenge of Power 
84
7 At Staraya Ploshchad
108
8 On the Eve
140
 
 
PART II In the Kremlin
 
 
 
9 General Secretary
171
10 More Light
201
11 The First Attempt at Economic Reform
215
12 The Decisive Step
237
13 Work and Reflection
261
14 Political Reform: Power Is Transferred from Staraya Ploshchad to the Kremlin
278
15 Nationalities Policy: A Difficult Search
326
16 The Party and Perestroika
348
17 How to Enter the Market
372
 
 
PART III The Changing Soviet Union and the World
 
 
 
18 New Thinking in Foreign Policy
401
19 Europe - our Common Home
427
20 Towards a New World Order
439
21 Perestroika and the Socialist Countries
464
22 Moscow and Beijing:'Close the Past, Open the Future'
487
23 Overcoming Divisions in Europe
496
24 German Unification
516
25 Understanding Leads to Partnership
536
26 The Middle East Knot: Trial by Aggression
551
 
 
PART IV 1991, the Stormy Year
 
 
 
27 Threats and Hopes
569
28 Economic Recognition for a Changing Soviet Union: The Group of Seven in 1991
608
29 Bush in Moscow Three Weeks before the Coup
618
30 The Coup
626
31 The Last Efforts and the Belovezh Conspiracy
545
32 The Soviet Union and the World after the Coup
661
 
 
Epilogue
673
Chronology
697
Glossary by Martin McCauley
713
Biographies
731
Index
745

 

 

 
 
 

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