A century of violence in Soviet Russia [electronic resource] /
Alexander N. Yakovlev; translated from the Russian by Anthony Austin ; foreword by Paul Hollander.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2002.
xvii, 254 p. ; 25 cm.
0300087608 (alk. paper)
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2002.
0300087608 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-248) and index.
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Yakovlev, a former Politburo member and advisor to Gorbachev, has written a scathing indictment of the crimes committed by Soviet leaders, from Lenin's "counterrevolutionary coup" through the Khrushchev era. This is less a work of history than an impassioned denunciation of the Soviet regime. Yakovlev details the numerous atrocities committed by Soviet authorities against children, fellow socialists, the intelligentsia, clergy, ethnic and national groups, and Soviet POWs, without making any effort to explain or contextualize them. For example, his description of Bolshevik crimes during the Civil War barely mentions that conflict, the precariousness of Soviet power, or the often equally abhorrent crimes committed by the Whites. Yakovlev contends that the Bolsheviks only wanted power for its own sake, and does not acknowledge the utopianism inherent in Bolshevism that impelled them to remake the world, by force if necessary. That the Soviet state perpetrated some of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century is undeniable. The historian, however, must explain (which is not the same as justify) why these events occurred. Thus, this work should be read primarily as a political and moral treatise for removing all traces of Bolshevism from contemporary Russian society. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. K. D. Slepyan Transylvania University
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Alexander Yakovlev played a unique role in the transformation of the Soviet Union that led to its collapse in 1991. It was he who persuaded Gorbachev to pursue the concept of perestroika. This text is the outcome of a lifetime of reflection on the evils of the system of which he was a part.
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Playing a unique role in the transformation of the Soviet Union that led to its collapse in 1991, the author, who developed the concept of "perestroika, " devotes himself to the tragic history of the Soviet Union. Presenting more than ten years of research and lifetime of reflection on the evils of a system of which he was a part, he delves into Soviet history from the perspective of both participant and witness.
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List of Abbreviations
The Sowing of Crossesp. 1
Socially Dangerous Childrenp. 27
Fellow Travelersp. 49
Peasantsp. 83
The Intelligentsiap. 103
The Clergyp. 153
Twice Betrayedp. 169
Forever Slanderedp. 181
Anti-Semitismp. 197
From Kronstadt to Novocherkasskp. 213
Harvest of Crosses (In Lieu of an Epilogue)p. 231
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 249
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