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AftershocksGreat Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century$
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Seva Gunitsky

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172330

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172330.001.0001

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The Winds from the East

The Winds from the East

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Seva Gunitsky

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the democratic wave that accompanied the dissolution of the Soviet system, its consequences for democratic legitimacy, and its ambiguous long-term effect on modern hybrid regime. The Soviet collapse ended the replacement of territorial empires with nation-states, and the decisive victory of democracy over a series of rival regimes. In three hegemonic shocks, democracy emerged victorious over monarchy, fascism, and communism, experiencing only one major setback during the interwar years. The Soviet case demonstrates that even the salience of nonhegemonic external factors in shaping domestic regimes is itself shaped by hegemonic transformations. However, the post-Soviet victory of democracy was far from complete. It missed certain regions entirely, and where it left a mark the result was often partial and tentative.

Keywords:   democracy, democratic wave, democratization, Soviet Union, communism

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