By Vladislav M. Zubok

Western interpretations of the chilly War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred by means of exaggerating both the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the pursuits, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok bargains a Soviet point of view at the maximum standoff of the 20 th century.

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This new autonomous sphere in which business could be done was an example to people with initiative that the government was serious about reforms and would let them take a variety of forms, including ones that had been considered heterodox just a few years earlier. Cooperatives were a harbinger of private enterprise. The Nineteenth Party Conference, in June 1988, proposed and passed a number of crucial political reforms with broad economic ramifications. New electoral laws, a new legislative body (the Congress of People's Deputies, CPD), the division of authority between legislature and executive as well as between Party and state was extremely significant in lowering the risks of opposition to the powers that be.

Strikes by air traffic controllers, the formation of a new union of journalists, and other labor unrest, culminating in the summer coalmining strikes, showed categorically that the risks of leaving the official union, of bucking the system, had gone way down. The miners' strikes in June, which spontaneously formed strike committees, also led to serious reconsiderations of the role of trade unions and whether the official trade union was capable of reforming or needed to be replaced. It was only after these strikes that independent unions began to form.

Because of their importance under the communist regime and their management/administrative functions, the trade unions had ± and continue to have ± a special relationship with the state. In the Soviet and other communist systems, trade unions played a different role than those in the West. Trade unions had a distinctive relationship to the state. '' They had management and administrative functions and also were charged to protect and defend workers' interests. They were designed both to represent the workers and to increase workers' production.

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