Showdown : the Lithuanian rebellion and the breakup of the Soviet Empire.

Krickus, Richard J.

ISBN 10: 1574880586 / ISBN 13: 9781574880588
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Washington, DC : Brassey's, c1997., 1st ed. Hardcover. Dustjacket. Ix, 244 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-221) and index. Condition : very good. ISBN 1574880586[KEYWORDS: Eastern Europe, *, Lithuania. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: On January 13, 1991, in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, tens of thousands of Lithuanians supported their leader's declaration of independence from the USSR. The Soviet's deadly response and the movement's ultimate success, with its far-reaching consequences, stunned the world. American author and political scientist, Richard J. Krickus, was in Lithuania as an elections monitor during the momentous days leading to independence. His eyewitness account explains how this nation of fewer than four million people set in motion the forces that broke apart the vast Soviet Union. Based on personal knowledge of the dangerous events and the brave Lithuanians involved, this book also explains how America aided this unforeseen catalyst to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

From Booklist: Political scientist Krickus argues that Lithuania's secession from the Soviet Union in 1991 was a key (if usually ignored) element in President Gorbachev's ouster and the demise of the Soviet Union. Krickus provides a concise history of Lithuania, from its formation as a state, to internal conflicts, to its finally being swallowed up by the Soviets after World War II. A long struggle for freedom followed, coming to a head with a 1991 declaration of independence. Soviet troops attempted to crush the rebellion, but international pressure caused the Soviets to acquiesce to Lithuania's status as a free state. The subsequent turmoil within the Soviet power structure forced Gorbachev out, yet his policy of glasnost, or "new openness," had all but guaranteed the empire's collapse. Krickus was in Lithuania during 1991, acting as an elections monitor, and his firsthand experiences, plus the book's clean, vigorous prose, make this a compelling read. Brian McCombie

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KRICKUS, Richard J.
Verlag: Washington, Brassey s , 1997. (1997)
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Buchbeschreibung Washington, Brassey s , 1997., 1997. Gr-8, 6 Bll, 244 pp mit einigen Abbildungen, 1 Bl. Opappband mit illustriertem Oumschlag. Gut erhalten. Bücher. Artikel-Nr. 16008

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