EUROPEAN HISTORY. By tracing the history of modern Russia from Mikhail Gorbachev to the rise of ex KGB agent Vladimir Putin, Arkady Ostrovsky reveals how the Soviet Union came to its end and how Russia has since reinvented itself. Russia today bears little resemblance to the country that embraced freedom in the late eighties and gave freedom to others. But how did a country that had liberated itself from seventy years of Communism end up, just twenty years later, as one of the biggest threats to the West and above all to its own people? The Invention of Russia tells the story of this tumultuous period, including the important role played by the media, and shows how Russia turned its back on the West and found itself embracing a new era of Soviet-style rule.
Pt. I. FIRST WAS THE WORD -- 1. The Soviet Princes -- 2. New Beginning or Dead End -- 3. 'We Suffered a Victory' -- 4. Fathers and Sons -- Pt. II. 'IMAGE IS EVERYTHING' -- 5. Normal Television in Abnormal Circumstances -- 6. Lights, Camera, Putin -- 7. Remote Control
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