Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis open access

First Advisor

Bruce Holl



Boris Yeltsin and his trusted deputies gathered around the table. A big question was supposed to be decided that day: a question that would fundamentally change the course of a nuclear superpower for decades to come. The anxiety in the room was unbearable: some deputies wiped their sweat with napkins, others silently tapped their feet underneath the table, and the rest hid their eyes in the notebooks full of information that was already well memorized by everyone inside. At last, Boris Yeltsin stood up, took several long sips from the water bottle, placed it firmly on the desk beside him and began his address to the deputies: “A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking. Let us examine the points in which it varies from pure democracy, and we shall comprehend both the nature of the cure and the efficacy which it must derive from the Union.”