The Soviet Union: A Documentary History Volume 2
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The Soviet Union: A Documentary History Volume 2 : 1939-1991

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Volume Two of this new documentary history of the Soviet Union comprises over 270 documents and is organised into four chronologically distinct parts, subdivided thematically; it runs from the fraught diplomatic and military preamble of the Great Patriotic War to the final fracturing of the USSR along the national fault-lines of its 15 Union Republics. Slight overlap of chronological coverage with Volume One allows increased attention in Volume Two to foreign affairs. Areas in this volume that attract greatest student interest are the epic dramas at the beginning and end of the period - the Great Patriotic War and Perestroika.The commentary is by Edward Acton, Professor of Modern European History at the University of East Anglia, who has published widely on the Russian revolution and the history of Russia and the USSR. The documents have been translated by Tom Stableford, Assistant Librarian, Slavonic and East European Collections, Bodleian Library, Oxfordshow more

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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 997.9g
  • Liverpool University Press
  • UNIVERSITY OF EXETER PRESS
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0859897168
  • 9780859897167

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Impresses due to both the sheer volume and variety of documentation-all of which is interspersed with judicious historical commentary. Alternating well-chosen documents with balanced commentary and brief discussions (in footnotes) of relevant secondary sources. Finally, like Volume 1, Volume 2 also includes helpful sections, such as a glossary of Russian words and acronyms, a guide to further reading, a map section (including a map detailing the deportation of Soviet minorities under Stalin), and an excellent forty nine-page bibliographical index. To sum up, then, Volume 2 of The Soviet Union: A Documentary History is an excellent research or educational resource versatile enough to be used in-class either for supplementary primary source reading or as a textbook in its own right. -- Michael G. Stefany * he Russian Review, Vol. 67, No. 3, * This is not the first such collection, but it is perhaps one of the most successful and it does an excellent job of giving those who do not speak Russian "a taste of the intellectual feast that is underway" (p. xviii). One of the strengths of this volume is that it gives such extensive coverage to the war and late Soviet period. In addition to the documents, the editors provide lucid, clear explanations of the context in which the document was produced. This volume will appeal to the general reader interested in the discoveries made in the archives since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it will also prove invaluable for teachers of Soviet history as a welcome and highly successful addition to the source material currently available in English. -- Miriam Dobson * EHR, cxxiii, 501 * This is an excellent document collection. The intrinsic value of the documents is self-evident. Their arrangement and presentation offer a dramatic depiction of the course of later Soviet History. ...this collection will be extremely useful in university courses, both at the introductory and more advances levels. I can think of no other single collection that can compare. -- Lynne Viola * European History Quarterly, vol. 40. *show more

About Edward Acton

The commentary is by Edward Acton, Professor of Modern European History at the University of East Anglia, who has published widely on the Russian revolution and the history of Russia and the USSR. The documents have been translated by Tom Stableford, Assistant Librarian, Slavonic and East European Collections, Bodleian Library, Oxford.show more

Table of contents

Contents Note on transliteration, Russian words and acronyms Glossary Maps Introduction Part One: Dealing with Hitler, 1939-1941 1 The Nazi-Soviet Pact 2 The Winter War 3 Military Reform and Buffer-Building Against Germany 4 Stalin's Disastrous Miscalculation Part Two: Invasion and the Great Patriotic War, 1941-45 5 Barbarossa 6 Allies 7 Stiffening Soviet Resistance 8 The Siege of Leningrad 9 The Germans Outside Moscow 10 German Occupation 11 The Home Front, Legitimacy and the Economic War-Effort 12 The Turning of the Tide: Stalingrad and Kursk 13 Expectations 14 Repression Part Three: Stabilization and Stagnation, 1945-1985 15 The Cold War 16 The Command Economy 17 The One-Party State 18 Marxism-Leninism and Dissent Part Four: Crisis and Collapse, 1985-1991 19 The End of the Cold War and the "Socialist Commonwealth" 20 The End of the Command Economy 21 Glasnost' 22 Democratization 23 Nationalism 24 The Break-up of the USSR Full List of Documents Biographical index Subject indexshow more

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