DONALD W. TREADGOLD (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.) MIKHAIL SERGEEVICH AND THE WORLD OF 1990 First name-and-patronymic as a mode of address in Russian does not convey the exact degree of intimacy that first-name does in the West, or did before secretaries started using it on a caller five seconds after hearing it for the first time. Nevertheless it suggests at least a polite, at most an amicable attitude toward the . person addressed, and therefore I use it in the title of this short piece. For a large part of the world's more or less educated citizens have come to think of Gorbachev politely or amicably- though least of all, as is by now all too familiar, the Soviet people themselves. Now it is true that there was a period when many Americans liked "old Joe" Stalin-including Harry Truman; another, when Khrushchev was being allowed to visit Iowa farms and prevented from seeing Disneyland and he was apparently a crude and prickly but still tolerably good neighbor; and still another when, it seems, a Danish visitor spotted a copy of Jacqueline Susann on a shelf of Yurii Andropov and an image flitted quickly through the media of a cosmopolitan,
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1989
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