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Conversations on RussiaReform from Yeltsin to Putin$
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Padma Desai

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300611.001.0001

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History Lessons

History Lessons

(p.338) (p.339) Chapter 16 History Lessons
Conversations on Russia

Martin Malia

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The late Martin Malia, professor emeritus of history at the University of California–Berkeley and author of the famous “Z” article, assessed Putin's policy decisions in the pre-Beslan phase in a refreshingly nuanced interview in April 2000. He explained that Putin could not be Peter the Great because the twenty-first century is not the eighteenth, and modernization or Westernization means much more than an army or a navy. He pointed out that he must make Russia advanced technologically, and that means fostering education. Advanced technology and education mean an independent-minded, diverse, civil society.

Keywords:   Martin Malia, Putin, pre-Beslan phase, Peter the Great, Westernization

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