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Colton, Timothy J. 1947-

Works: 53 works in 228 publications in 3 languages and 11,331 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: JN6699.A5, 324.947086
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Most widely held works about Timothy J Colton
Most widely held works by Timothy J Colton
Yeltsin : a life by Timothy J Colton( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even after his death in April 2007, Boris Yeltsin remains the most controversial figure in recent Russian history. Although Mikhail Gorbachev presided over the decline of the Communist party and the withdrawal of Soviet control over Eastern Europe, it was Yeltsin-Russia's first elected president-who buried the Soviet Union itself. Upon taking office, Yeltsin quickly embarked on a sweeping makeover of newly democratic Russia, beginning with a program of excruciatingly painful market reforms that earned him wide acclaim in the West and deep recrimination from many Russian citizens. In this, the first biography of Yeltsin's entire life, Soviet scholar Timothy Colton traces Yeltsin's development from a peasant boy in the Urals to a Communist party apparatchik, and then ultimately to a nemesis of the Soviet order. Based on unprecedented interviews with Yeltsin himself as well as scores of other Soviet officials, journalists, and businessmen, Colton explains how and why Yeltsin broke with single-party rule and launched his drive to replace it with democracy. Yeltsin's colossal attempt to bring democracy to Russia remains one of the great, unfinished stories of our time. As anti-Western policies and rhetoric resurface in Putin's increasingly bellicose Russia, Yeltsin offers essential insights into the past, present, and future of this vast and troubled nation.--From the Publisher
The dilemma of reform in the Soviet Union by Timothy J Colton( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the Soviet Union : from empire to nations by Timothy J Colton( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The failed coup by Communist hardliners in Moscow in August 1991 marked the inevitable disintegration of the Soviet Union. No single event since the end of World War II will have more far-reaching effects. The power struggles now underway in the fifteen successor republics raise the specter of chaos in Eastern Europe and Southern Asia. Can these new nations manage their deepening economic crisis? What political form will the new republics take, and can the changes be accomplished peacefully? What dangers and problems does the Soviet Union's passage present to the outside world?" "This collection of original essays, sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the American Assembly, is the first comprehensive assessment of the challenges facing the Soviet Union's successor republics. In five concise chapters, leading American scholars of Soviet affairs examine the economics, politics, and foreign policy of the new nations. The future role of the Soviet military machine - really another nation among the nations - is also discussed. The authors' conclusions lend ground for a tempered optimism about the future of the former USSR
Commissars, commanders, and civilian authority : the structure of Soviet military politics by Timothy J Colton( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: A fine, scholarly book that will no doubt quickly establish itself as the standard work on the role of the Soviet military as a political actor and as an institution. It is a basic study and a clear historical review, and at the same time it presents an advanced and sophisticated analytical approach to Soviet military politics...The result is a detailed study of the Soviet military that has high comparative value for the examination of military political conduct in general. This is an advanced work.Colton's study is excellent in terms of both content and methodology.It has been generally assumed by Western observers that there is and has been tension in the military between the party's political officers and the military commanders... [Colton] argues the contrary thesis that the Military Party Organs for the most part are not in conflict with the regular military staff and command... Professor Colton is able to support his theses with an abundance of evidence...He not only has surveyed all the available military press and some of the party and government press but has made extensive use of the published memoirs by military commanders in World War II... This volume is well worth reading and makes an important contribution in refuting the views of many Western observers on Soviet civil-military relations
Moscow : governing the socialist metropolis by Timothy J Colton( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linchpin of the Soviet system and exemplar of its ideology, Moscow was nonetheless instrumental in the Soviet Union's demise. It was in this metropolis of nine million people that Boris Yeltsin, during two frustrating years as the city's party boss, began his move away from Communist orthodoxy. Colton charts the general course of events that led to this move, tracing the political and social developments that have given the city its modern character. He shows how the monolith of Soviet power broke down in the process of metropolitan governance, where the constraints of censorship and party oversight could not keep up with proliferating points of view, haphazard integration, and recurrent deviation from approved rules and goals. Everything that goes into making a city - from town planning, housing, and retail services to environmental and architectural concernsfigures in Colton's account of what makes Moscow unique. He shows us how these aspects of the city's organization, and the actions of leaders and elite groups within them, coordinated or conflicted with the overall power structure and policy imperatives of the Soviet Union. Against this background, Colton explores the growth of the anti-Communist revolution in Moscow politics, as well as fledgling attempts to establish democratic institutions and a market economy
Soldiers and the Soviet state : civil-military relations from Brezhnev to Gorbachev by Timothy J Colton( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How much power does the Soviet military exert on the politics of the Kremlin? This is one of the most controversial questions in the study of the Soviet Union, here addressed by eight top Western specialists on Soviet politics and security policy. While the authors assert that the civil-military relationship has been less turbulent than often believed, they also point out that Gorbachev's reforms threaten the system of buffers that have until now shielded the military-industrial world from disruption and change. Introduced by Timothy Colton's essay, "Perspectives on Civil-Military Relations," the volume discusses civil-military relations in relation to political change (Bruce Parrott), the KGB (Amy Knight), resource stringency and civil-military resource allocation (Robert Campbell), the defense industry (Julian Cooper), response to technological challenge (Thane Gustafson), social change (Ellen Jones), and consequences of external expansion (Bruce D. Porter). Gustafson has written a concluding chapter, "Toward a Crisis in Civil-Military Relations?"Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Growing pains : Russian democracy and the election of 1993( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing Pains is a detailed study of the 1993 election and its implications for Russian development and for the country's relations with the West. Several chapters, relying on comprehensive surveys of the Russian electorate, analyze the election process and how social structure and citizen opinions shaped voter choice. Others examine the campaigns of the major parties, the nature and consequences of electoral rules, and the roles of the mass media. Still others examine the campaign and its outcome at the grass roots in ten regions of Russia, from the western provinces to the Pacific coast, demonstrating the significance of local context and local elites and power structures in Russia's transitional politics
Popular choice and managed democracy : the Russian elections of 1999 and 2000 by Timothy J Colton( Book )

16 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite financial crisis, a national security emergency in Chechnya, and cabinet instability, Russian voters unexpectedly supported the status quo. The elected lawmakers prepared to cooperate with the executive branch, a gift that had eluded President Boris Yeltsin since he imposed a post-Soviet constitution by referendum in 1993. When Yeltsin retired six months in advance of schedule, the presidential mantle went to Vladimir Putin - a career KGB officer who fused new and old ways of doing politics. Putin was easily elected President in his own right." "This book demonstrates key trends in an extinct superpower, a troubled country in whose stability, modernization, and openness to the international community the West still has a huge stake."--Jacket
Transitional citizens : voters and what influences them in the new Russia by Timothy J Colton( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Transitional Citizens looks at the newly empowered citizens of Russia's protodemocracy facing choices at the ballot box that just a few years ago, under dictatorial rule, they could not have. In the Russian Federation politicians address grave concerns - dysfunctional institutions, individual freedom, nationhood, property rights, provision of the basic necessities of life in an unparalleled economic downswing. As Timothy Colton finds, voting in transitional Russia is highly patterned. Despite their unfamiliarity with democracy, subjects-turned-citizens learn about their electoral options from peers and the mass media and make choices that manifest a purposiveness that will surprise many readers." "Colton reveals that post-Communist voting is not driven by a single explanatory factory such as ethnicity, charismatic leadership, or financial concerns, but rather by multiple causes interacting in complex ways. He gives us the most sophisticated and insightful account yet of the citizens of the new Russia."--Jacket
The state after communism : governance in the new Russia( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patterns in post-Soviet leadership by Timothy J Colton( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leadership, a mainstay of Soviet political studies, has been a much-neglected subject since the collapse of the Soviet regime. However, developments in post-Soviet affairs show that leadership still matters greatly, even as democratization in many states has opened up the political process to wider circles of the population."--BOOK JACKET. "This volume explores new developments and old continuities in elite politics in the Russian Federation and other post-Soviet states during the period of transition and consolidation. The contributing authors analyze the significance of personal character and values, of changing leadership roles and institutions, and of cultural and historical traditions for the functioning and effectiveness of the new governments and their top leaders."--BOOK JACKET
Russia : what everyone needs to know by Timothy J Colton( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book provides fundamental information about the origins, evolution, and current affairs of the Russian state and society. The story begins with Russia's geographic endowment, proceeds through its experiences as a kingdom and empire, and continues through the USSR's three-quarters of a century, and finally the shocking breakup of that regime a generation ago. Chapters on the failed attempt to reform Communism under Mikhail Gorbachev, the halting steps toward democratization under Boris Yeltsin, and the entrenchment of central controls under Vladimir Putin bring the reader into the contemporary scene and to headline-grabbing events such as Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine and its military intervention in Syria. Drawing on trends within Russia and on ratings and rankings compiled by international organizations, Colton discusses the challenges facing the country--ranging from economic recession to demographic stress, political stagnation, and overextension in foreign policy--and to the realistic options for coping with them."--Provided by publisher
Big Daddy : Frederick G. Gardiner and the building of Metropolitan Toronto by Timothy J Colton( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frederick Gardiner's public life was rich and long, from his initiation into politics as a Toronto schoolboy before the First World War, through his involvement with the Ontario Conservative party and suburban politics in the 1930s and 1940s, on through his years as first chairman of Metropolitan Toronto (1953-61), to the relinquishing of his last public office in 1979. This is a readable and perceptive biography of the exuberant and powerful politician who captured the public imagination of Toronto and created a legend around himself during his lifetime. The book focuses mainly on Gardiner's experience as founding boss of Metropolitan Toronto. This first metropolitan government in North America was in many ways his personal machine. Gardiner made an indispensable contribution to its effectiveness and to its very survival. He presided over an unprecedented boom in urban development and construction. His public works projects included the first urban expressway in Canada (the Gardiner Expressway). Gardiner's political nickname, 'Big Daddy,' fits him well. He revelled in his reputation as a political bulldozer, and was often described as the Canadian equivalent of Robert Moses, the famous and feared coordinator of construction for New York City. Gardiner was a man for the times, an unusual person whose character seemed to match the requirements of a city bursting at its seams. His lack of interest in public participation generated great controversy and left a lasting impression on Toronto's metropolitan government. Readers concerned with politics and urban government will learn much from Gardiner's experiences and conduct as he wrestled with his political surroundings and with urban policy problems such as planning, housing, and transportation. And this portrait of a dynamic and aggressive man who symbolized the Toronto on a generation ago will appeal to those who remember these years. Electronic Format Disclaimer: Photo section removed after page 150 at the request of the rights holder
Everyone loses : the Ukraine crisis and the ruinous contest for post-Soviet Eurasia by Samuel Charap( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country
"The political and economic situation in Russia after the Chechen War: possible options for further development" : transcript of a Kennan Institute seminar, Thursday, 9 February 1995 by Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moscow : urban politics and policy under Stalin by Timothy J Colton( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political economy of Soviet new towns by Timothy J Colton( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are Russians undemocratic? by Timothy J Colton( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elʹt︠s︡in by Timothy J Colton( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Russian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moscow by Timothy J Colton( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Colton, Timothy J. 1947-

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After the Soviet Union : from empire to nationsCommissars, commanders, and civilian authority : the structure of Soviet military politicsMoscow : governing the socialist metropolisSoldiers and the Soviet state : civil-military relations from Brezhnev to GorbachevGrowing pains : Russian democracy and the election of 1993Popular choice and managed democracy : the Russian elections of 1999 and 2000Transitional citizens : voters and what influences them in the new RussiaThe state after communism : governance in the new Russia