The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

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The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. Now, following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it is possible to step back and see the full picture. In this classic work, the author incorporates data from archives that were previously inaccessible not only to Western but also to Soviet historians, as well as drawing on important recent Russian publications such as the memoirs of one of the great survivors of Soviet politics, Vyacheslav Molotov. Impeccable in its scholarship and objectivity, the book tells a gripping story of a Marxist revolution that was intended to transform the world, visited enormous suffering on the Russian people, and, like the French Revolution before it, ended up by devouring its own children. In a concluding section that will be of great interest to scholars in the field as well as the general reader, the author treats the Stalinist Great Purges as the last act of the drama of the Russian Revolution.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • notes, bibliography, index
  • 0192802046
  • 9780192802040
  • 1,457,048

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"An admirable effort to rescue from politics the greatest upheaval of modern times and reclaim it for history."--Newsweek (on the previous edition)show more

Table of contents

1. THE SOCIETY; The Revolutionary Tradition; The 1905 Revolution and its Aftermath; the First World War; 2. THE FEBRUARY REVOLUTION AND DUAL POWER; The Bolsheviks; The Popular Revolution; The Political Crises of the Summer; The October Revolution; 3. THE CIVIL WAR, THE RED ARMY, AND THE CHEKA; War Communism; Visions of the New World; The Bolsheviks in Power; 4. THE DISCIPLINE OF RETREAT; The Problem of Bureaucracy; The Leadership Struggle; Building Socialism in One Country; 5. STALIN VERSUS THE RIGHT; The Industrialization Drive; Collectivization; Cultural Revolution; 6. 'REVOLUTION ACCOMPLISHED'; 'Revolution Betrayed'; Terror; Notes; Select bibliography; Indexshow more

About Sheila Fitzpatrick

Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago.show more

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