The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
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This Very Short Introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole-on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another. The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favour of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 14mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones and 2 maps
  • 0192853953
  • 9780192853950
  • 19,151

About S. A. Smith

Stephen Smith is Professor of History at the University of Essex. He works on the social history of the Russian and Chinese revoltuions and is author of Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 1983), and A Road is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-27 (Curzon Press, 2000).show more

Table of contents

1. The February Revolution and Provisional Government ; 2. Social Polarization and the Crisis of Power ; 3. Politics in the Civil War ; 4. Society and Economy in the Civil War ; 5. NEP Economy and Politics ; 6. NEP Culture and Society ; Conclusionshow more

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