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Introduction: The Moment Of Truth

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This is the introductory chapter of the book Tatarstan: A 'Can-Do' Culture. President Mintimer Shaimiev and the Power of Common Sense which argues, albeit on a scale much smaller than any grand designs of the ongoing global perestroika, that the country, which has no destination of its own, has no destiny. If, in doing so, it turns to human virtues and common-sense values so hateful to the prevailing postmodernist, end-of-history outlook. The author finds the audacity to believe that history is still there? One answer is that globalization, whatever term may turn out to connote its reality, never does away with the principal causes of the world's social diversity. The experience of Tatarstan is, of course, only one local example of a rapid market metamorphosis, but it confirms that sometimes it is important and maybe even crucial to listen to one's common sense, however value-laden it might at first appear.

Keywords: President Mintimer Shaimiev; Tatarstan

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