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By Tanya Harmer

Fidel Castro defined Salvador Allende's democratic election as president of Chile in 1970 because the most crucial progressive triumph in Latin the United States after the Cuban revolution. but celebrations have been brief lived. In Washington, the Nixon management vowed to damage Allende's left-wing govt whereas Chilean competition forces mobilized opposed to him. the end result used to be a conflict for Chile that resulted in 1973 with a right-wing army coup and a brutal dictatorship lasting approximately two decades.

Tanya Harmer argues that this conflict was once a part of a dynamic inter-American chilly struggle fight to figure out Latin America's destiny, formed extra by way of the competition among Cuba, Chile, the us, and Brazil than by way of a clash among Moscow and Washington. Drawing on firsthand interviews and lately declassified files from files in North the US, Europe, and South America--including Chile's international Ministry Archive--Harmer offers the main accomplished account thus far of Cuban involvement in Latin the United States within the early Nineteen Seventies, Chilean overseas kin in the course of Allende's presidency, Brazil's aid for counterrevolution within the Southern Cone, and the Nixon administration's Latin American rules. The chilly struggle within the Americas, Harmer unearths, is healthier understood as a multidimensional fight, concerning peoples and concepts from around the hemisphere.

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There were, however, other imperatives. Despite periodical reporting of successes in the operation of the Soviet economy, there were outward signs that all was not well. Some Soviet economists who took advantage of the relatively more liberal situation in the intellectual area, began to voice their concern about the state of the Soviet economy and drew attention to the negative trends. By the mid eighties the Soviet economy was in decline, a trend already detected by Western analysts but not recognised by the Soviet leadership.

11, p. 171). , p. 54). The immediate result of the consolidation of state and Party powers in Stalin's hands was the creation of a police state with the characteristic of a totalitarian regime. But the long-term effect was the emergence of a 24 Power and Politics in the Soviet Union social strata of Party and state bureaucrats whose interests became in time an important factor of influence over Soviet society. All along the period of his rule, Stalin undertook many steps which normally should have undennined his authority.

This did not mean that socialism was incompatible with democracy, but that it was deformed by Stalin and his legacy. There were two main reasons for Gorbachev's decision to democratise the Soviet Union. , p. 27). By this he meant to prevent the emergence of the conservative forces whose interests were linked to the operation of the old system, and their reistance to reforms. But mainly, Gorbachev thought that only 28 Power and Politics in the Soviet Union by providing more freedom in every aspect of the life of society would the reforms succeed.

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