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Posted on 28 February 2018 at 16:07 GMT

Gorbachev: Accidental architect of world change

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's last leader, left a truly historical legacy. Aiming to reform bureaucratic rule he helped unleash forces that led to the complete collapse of Stalinism in Russia and eastern Europe.

That then fed capitalist globalisation, opening up new markets and cheap labour - and a worldwide propaganda offensive against socialism.

Click here for Peter Taaffe's review of 'Gorbachev: His Life and Times' by William Taubman.

The review is also in the March issue of Socialism Today.

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