Friday, March 13, 2009

PUBL.- Socialist Revolutions in Asia: The Social History of Mongolia in the 20th Century

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PUBL.- Socialist Revolutions in Asia: Social History of Mongolia in the 20th C.

Posted by: Irina Y. Morozova <>

Find below the publication details, brief description and link to the book.

Irina Morozova, Socialist Revolutions in Asia: The Social History of
Mongolia in the 20th Century. (London, New York: Routledge, 2009)

January 2009: 234x156: 172 pp.

Contemporary Mongolia is often seen as one of the most open and
democratic societies in Asia, undergoing remarkable post-socialist
transformation. Although the former ruling party, the Mongolian
People's Revolutionary Party (the MPRP), has fundamentally changed its
platform, it holds leadership and frames nation-building policy. This
book re-conceptualises the socialist legacy of Mongolia and explains
why in the 1920s a shift to socialism became possible. Furthermore,
the role of Mongolian nationalism in the country's decision to ally
with the USSR in the 1920-1930s and to choose a democratic path of
development at the end of the 1980s is explored.

Focusing on social systems in crisis periods when the most radical
differentiation in social relationships and loyalties occur, the book
describes the transformation of the elite and social structures
through the prism of the MPRP cadres' policy and the party's
collaborations with the Third Communist International and other Soviet
departments that operated in Mongolia. Based on original sources from
former Soviet and Mongolian archives the author offers a critique of
the post-modernist approaches to the study of identity and its impact
on political change. This book will be of interest to academics
working on the modern history of Central and Inner Asia, socialist
societies and communist parties in Asia, as well as the USSR's foreign policy.

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