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Unformatted text preview: 1 Cultures in Transition Cinema in Contemporary Russia, China, and Brazil Lecture 1 Professor Olga Mesropova Iowa State University 2 Brief Chronology of Russian History 1917 October Revolution C 1918 1924 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin C 1927 1953 Iosif Stalin C 1958 1964 Nikita Khrushchev C 1964 1982 Leonid Brezhnev C 1983 1984 Yuri Andropov C 1984 1985 Konstantin Chernenko C 1985 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev C 1991 1999 Boris Yeltsin C 1999 2000 Vladimir Putin 1985 Gorbachev comes to power C Perestroika e Glasnost 3 Legacy of the Soviet Economy  Corruption/bribery  Laziness of workforce  Bureaucratic interference  Waste of resources  Lack of incentives to excel  Separation of personal success from commercial success  Inaccurate information on economic results  Nearly universal shortages of consumer goods and services Perestroika  Attempt to save declining Soviet economy  Goal: to revive the notion of an economy centrally planned by allknowing authorities, in favor of greater local autonomy, incentives and, over time, market forces  Economic reforms proposed  Anti-alcohol campaign (1985)  Mineralnyi sekretar  Decrease bureaucratic interference  Cooperatives (1988)  allowed private ownership of businesses...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course LAS 250 taught by Professor Mesrapova during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.
- Spring '08