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The Future That Failed : Origins and Destinies of the Soviet Model - Johann Pall Arnason

The Future That Failed

Origins and Destinies of the Soviet Model

Hardcover Published: 21st October 1993
ISBN: 9780415062268
Number Of Pages: 256

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"The Future that Failed" attempts to apply theoretical debates on modernity to an analysis of the Communist experience. The most influential theories of modernity have rarely been applied to the problems of Soviet-type societies, even though recent events have highlighted the lack of a conceptual framework for the interpretation of this history. The author tries to show that a revised concept of totalitarianism can be used to clarify the distinctive characteristics of the Soviet model as a pattern of modernity, rather than to construct an alternative to modernization theory. The author develops this argument along four main themes: the historical sources of the Soviet model, its institutional core, the differences between its original version and later variants (with particular reference to China and Eastern Europe), and the combination of structural and historical factors which brought about its terminal crisis. The theoretical model used throughout focuses on the changing configurations of economic, political and cultural patterns.

Introduction: theoretical perspectivesp. 1
Sources and componentsp. 25
State formation and state traditionp. 28
Revolutionary imagination and revolutionary strategyp. 55
Social revolution and imperial modernizationp. 68
The model and its variantsp. 89
The totalitarian projectp. 94
Expansion, reproduction and reformp. 122
The Western peripheryp. 134
The Eastern arenap. 155
Crisis and collapsep. 179
Visions of breakdownp. 182
From expansion to extinctionp. 195
Notesp. 216
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 228
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ISBN: 9780415062268
ISBN-10: 0415062268
Series: Christianity and Society in the Modern World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st October 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1