Urban fabric and political ideals/economic development – Modern Mongolia: From khans to commissars to capitalism.

Modern Mongolia: From khans to commissars to capitalism.
Rossabi, Morris
Berkeley and London: University of California Press, 2005.

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This book is an analysis on the transformation of Mongolia from a socialist state to a democratic country. The focus is drawn to the political and economic aspects. It provides a chronological account of the end of Soviet assistance, followed by the democratic transition and economic reform from 1990-2004. The struggles in the new democratic elections and the difficulties in the transition to a market economy are elaborated, highlighting the pressures on Mongolia from non-governmental organizations – the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank. The discussion is extended to social (poverty, health and education), environmental (pollution) and cultural aspects (art, religion and media). The final remark is made on the diplomatic relations between Mongolia and other countries, including Russia, China, and the United States.

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