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Communism in Russia : Studies in European History - Richard Sakwa

Communism in Russia

Studies in European History

Paperback Published: 11th August 2010
ISBN: 9780333606797
Number Of Pages: 167

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After the Revolution in October 1917, Soviet Russia tried to establish an alternative form of social organization based on the ideology of communism and the practices of Soviet democracy. This system inspired millions and achieved the industrialization of Russia, but ultimately it failed. The dissolution of the communist order by 1991 was accompanied by the disintegration of the country.

Communism in Russia:
* provides a fresh, clear and concise view of the history of communism and Russia in the twentieth century, and the interaction of the two
* offers an original analysis combining the history of an ideology and the fate of a nation
* traces the connections and tensions between communist ideology and Russian realities, and explains the reasons for the collapse of the system
* Incorporates the latest research and scholarship on the subject.


'A wonderfully written book and a stimulating read. Undergraduate students and the general public will certainly get a great deal from Sakwa's overview of Communism in Russia.' - Aaron B. Retish, Wayne State University, USA

Editors' Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Russia and Revolutionp. 13
The Russia questionp. 14
On the evep. 19
The call of revolution and its criticsp. 26
Bolshevism and its Criticsp. 32
Marxism and Bolshevismp. 32
The 'freest country in the world'p. 39
The Bolshevik revolutionp. 42
Bolshevik experimentsp. 47
Bolshevik alternativesp. 51
The politics of utopia-a negative transcendencep. 56
Bolshevism: the Russification of Marxism?p. 61
Stalinism and Communist Reformp. 66
Stalin's revolution from abovep. 66
Russia and warp. 75
The limits of reform communismp. 79
Nation and adaptationp. 84
Stability and order in the communist revolutionp. 88
The Great Retreatp. 93
Modernisation and mis-modernisationp. 94
The party-state and citizenshipp. 99
Resistance and dissentp. 103
Reform communism and dissolutionp. 109
Disintegration of the statep. 113
The end of communism in Russiap. 116
Communism in Russiap. 124
The great experimentp. 125
Anticipating and interpreting the endp. 130
Russia and communism: an internal clash of civilisationsp. 137
Russia after communismp. 143
Referencesp. 147
Indexp. 157
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ISBN: 9780333606797
ISBN-10: 0333606795
Series: Studies in European History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 167
Published: 11th August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1