The Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath

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M.E. Sharpe, 1996 - 391 páginas
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The twentieth century was not kind to Russia. Despite its great potential and remarkable achievements, the country also bore the weight of two world wars, a revolution and civil war, totalitarian tyranny, famine and ecological destruction, economic ruin, and imperial decline. Will Russia ever be prosperous, peaceful, and free? Seeking clues in the past, Michael Kort revisits earlier turning points in Russia's history--from the fall of the old regime to the establishment of the Bolshevik dictatorship and Stalinist totalitarianism; from the reforms and counter-reforms of Khrushchev and Brezhnev to the tumultuous years of change under Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Which strands of Russia's past is their successor, Vladimir Putin, weaving into the fabric of the present, and which are being allowed to fade, for better or worse? This new edition of The Soviet Colossus brings the story up through the first decade of the twenty-first century. Distinctively readable, judicious, and focused on critical events and questions, it integrates new revelations about the Soviet past and ongoing debates about the Soviet regime as well as its successor. It is the ideal text for as one semester history course or background for a political science course.
 

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1 Prologue
3
2 The Autocratic State
8
3 The NineteenthCentury Crisis
19
4 The People
26
Strangers in a Strange Land
32
PART II The End of the Old Order
45
6 Capitalism Comes to Russia
47
7 The Revolutionaries Regroup
54
13 The Revolution From Above
199
The Great Patriotic War
248
15 Stalins September Songs
264
PART V The Socialist Superpower
281
Reforming the Revolution
283
The Graying of the Revolution
317
From Restructuring to Deconstruction
360
PART VI The Russian Federation
407

8 The Final Years and Last Stand
73
PART III Lenins Russia
89
Russias Two Revolutions
91
The Civil War
114
11 New Policies and New Problems
142
PART IV Steeling The Revolution
173
12 Bolshevism Without Lenin
175
19 The Russian Devolution
409
20 Russia in the TwentyFirst Century
440
Chronology
460
Selected Readings
473
Index
481
About the Author
503
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