The Strong State in Russia: Development and Crisis


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Andrei P. Tsygankov is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at San Francisco State University. His latest books are Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin and Traditions of Russian Political Thought.


"The book provides a valuable insight into the Russian political system and interprets its failure to democratize. It calls for a more complex view of authoritarian and democratic elements that co-exist in Russian political culture." --Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies

"Andrei Tsygankov's The Strong State in Russia interprets Russian history from the pre-tsarist era to the present, with chapters dedicated to some of the most important issues facing Russia today. Arguing for a deep continuity in Russian politics, Tsygankov's interpretation will challenge many notions about Russia widely accepted in the West. Clear and engaging, the book is well suited for the classroom and will also be of great interest to all seeking to understand this important country." --Henry Hale, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

"Indeed, as the political scientist Andrei Tsygankov reminds us in The Strong State in Russia, in the wake of previous catastrophic breakdowns during the past thousand years, whether triggered by rebellion from within or invasion from without (or both), Russia has always reestablished a strong, centralized state." -Benjamin Nathans, The New York Review Of Books