End of Millennium: The Information Age: Economy, Society, by Manuel Castells

By Manuel Castells

This ultimate quantity in Manuel Castells' trilogy, with a considerable new preface, is dedicated to strategies of world social swap brought on by way of the transition from the previous business society to the rising worldwide community society. Explains why China, instead of Japan, is the industrial and political actor that's revolutionizing the worldwide systemReflects at the contradictions of ecu unification, providing the concept that of the community stateSubstantial new preface assesses the validity of the theoretical building awarded within the end of the trilogy, offering a few conceptual adjustments in gentle of the saw adventure

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Boris Yeltsin, Memoirs, 1990, p. 2453 The sudden collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it the demise of the international communist movement, raises an historical enigma: why, in the 1980s, did Soviet leaders feel the urgency to engage in a process of restructuring so radical that it ultimately led to the disintegration of the Soviet state? After all, the Soviet Union was not only a military superpower, but also the third largest industrial economy in the world, the world’s largest producer of oil, gas, and rare metals, and the only country that was self-reliant in energy resources and raw materials.

Van Regemorter (1990). 43 Technological backwardness led to decreasing returns in the oil and gas fields, in the coal mines, in the extraction of iron, and rare metals. The cost of exploring new resources dramatically increased with distance and with the geographical barriers created by the inhospitable conditions in the northern and eastern areas of the Soviet territory. Labor supply dwindled in the Soviet economy as birth rates declined over time, as a result of education and economic development, and as women’s incorporation into the labor force was almost complete.

37 Gustafson (1981); Gerner and Hedlund (1989). 38 Taibo (1993b). 24 COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION growth of agriculture, the core of Khrushchevian reforms. Before Khrushchev could react to the sabotage of his policies, admittedly flawed with excessive voluntarism, the party apparatus staged an internal coup that ended Khrushchev’s tenure in 1964. Immediately afterwards, Gosplan’s powers were reinstated, and new branch ministries were created, through which planning authorities could enforce their directives.

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