August Coup (B)

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    Abstract:
    This is a blow-by-blow account, painstakingly assembled from objective sources on the public record, of the dramatic effort of Soviet conservatives to seize power in August 1991, through the means of a coup d'etat. On one level, the case provides both a succinct, historical account of events, useful for those with a special interest in the last days of the Soviet Union. More broadly, however, it provides a narrative which can illuminate the political tensions which arise in periods of crisis and the form which those tensions are likely to take. It may be that the last days of the Soviet Union, like the memorable events of France in 1789, will serve both as history and as metaphor.

    Learning Objective:
    This trenchant account is a digest for those who would use the 1991 coup to examine the typology of political forces in a rapidly changing society. An appendix examines the power of non-violent action--as symbolized by the Boris Yeltsin resistance to the coup--as a potent persuasive tactic.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1992
    HKS Case Number: 1147.0
    Case Author: David B. Pointer
    Faculty Lead: Philip Heymann
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 12
    Setting: Soviet Union
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: Europe
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