ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Second Revolution

B P R Vithal Gorbachev Economic Reform and Eastern Europe by Ramnath Narayanswamy; Himalaya Publishing House, Bombay, 1988; pp 220, Rs 150. TEN of the twelve chapters in this book are papers which were earlier published in the 1985 and 1988. These give a brief but excellent survey of the progress of the reform movement (perestroika) in the east European countries and in the Soviet Union and in China. It is not the author's fault, but a testimony to the speed with which these reforms are taking place, that a survey done in the period 85-88 is already out of date in some respects. Nevertheless the articles collected here continue to be historically relevant, thus making the book still useful for reference. Although the author emphasises in one of the articles in the book that it is "not a question of 'hostility' or Sympathy' for these systems since this is to confuse ideological persuasion with sound academic judgment" (p 92; all page references, unless otherwise stated, are to the book under review) he does show a, perhaps unconscious, bias in his lack of sympathy for certain historical imperatives.

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