Soviet Literature - Perestroika [Reconstruction]

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was a major policy initiative introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev into the Soviet Union, soon after he assumed power in 1985. The word means “restructuring”, and was a term that had been use for bureaucratic (and personal) “reconstructions” back in the 1930s. Now, however, far from the intensification of Stalinism, “restructuring” was to be applied to a wide range of administrative, economic and political institutions and practices (along with the policy of


, meaning in effect “openness”, or “transparency” and accountability) and with a far greater efficiency uppermost in mind.


began to take hold from 1986 and produced radical and widespread reforms: in the political system, in the economy, the state services and culture - in particular…

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Citation: Cornwell, Neil. "Soviet Literature - Perestroika [Reconstruction]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2005 [, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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