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Communism in Russia : an interpretative essay /
Richard Sakwa.
imprint
Basingstoke [England] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
description
vii, 167 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0333606795, 9780333606797 (pbk.)
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imprint
Basingstoke [England] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
isbn
0333606795
9780333606797 (pbk.)
contents note
Russia and revolution -- Bolshevism and its critics -- Stalinism and communist reform -- The Great Retreat -- Communism in Russia.
catalogue key
7295862
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-156) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent, UK. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-07-01:
In this concisely and well-written volume, first and foremost, Sakwa (politics, Univ. of Kent, UK) endeavors to answer the perpetually asked but unanswered questions about Russia: whence and whither Russia. Within 167 pages, he manages to summarize all of the important issues that during the last century have occupied both expert and amateur scholars about Russia. The author partakes of philosophy and literature as much as of history, focusing on Russia, rather than just communism in Russia. Chronologically, the author begins the story in the 19th century and ends with the rule of Putin. Much more a book of ideas, topically presented, than of history, the central question is that of Russia's revolution: its making, character, purposes, results, and demise. The material is organized in five chapters: "Russia and Revolution," "Bolshevism and Its Critics," "Stalinism and Communist Reform," "The Great Retreat," and "Communism in Russia.. Well indexed and documented. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Ezergailis emeritus, Ithaca College
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"A wonderfully written book and a stimulating read. Undergraduate students and the general public will certainly get a great deal from Sakwa's overview of Communism in Russia." --Aaron B. Retish, Wayne State University, USA
"A wonderfully written book and a stimulating read. Undergraduate students and the general public will certainly get a great deal from Sakwa's overview of Communism in Russia." Aaron B. Retish, Wayne State University, USA
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Summaries
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Richard Sakwa provides a fresh analysis examining the tension between the theory & practice of communism & the history of Russia in the 20th century. Sakwa offers students a concise, comprehensive & stimulating overview of the rise & fall of communism & its interaction with the fate of the nation.
Main Description
After the Revolution in October 1917, Soviet Russia tried to establish an alternative form of social organization based on the ideology of communism and the practices of Soviet democracy. This system inspired millions and achieved the industrialization of Russia, but ultimately it failed. The dissolution of the communist order by 1991 was accompanied by the disintegration of the country. Communism in Russia : * provides a fresh, clear and concise view of the history of communism and Russia in the twentieth century, and the interaction of the two * offers an original analysis combining the history of an ideology and the fate of a nation * traces the connections and tensions between communist ideology and Russian realities, and explains the reasons for the collapse of the system * Incorporates the latest research and scholarship on the subject.
Main Description
After the Revolution in October 1917, Soviet Russia tried to establish an alternative form of social organization based on the ideology of communism and the practices of Soviet democracy. This system inspired millions and achieved the industrialization of Russia, but ultimately it failed. The dissolution of the communist order by 1991 was accompanied by the disintegration of the country. Communism in Russia : provides a fresh, clear and concise view of the history of communism and Russia in the twentieth century, and the interaction of the two offers an original analysis combining the history of an ideology and the fate of a nation traces the connections and tensions between communist ideology and Russian realities, and explains the reasons for the collapse of the system Incorporates the latest research and scholarship on the subject.
Main Description
After the Revolution in October 1917, Soviet Russia tried to establish an alternative form of social organization based on the ideology of communism and the practices of Soviet democracy. This system inspired millions and achieved the industrialization of Russia, but ultimately it failed. The dissolution of the communist order by 1991 was accompanied by the disintegration of the country. Communism in Russia: provides a fresh, clear and concise view of the history of communism and Russia in the twentieth century, and the interaction of the two offers an original analysis combining the history of an ideology and the fate of a nation traces the connections and tensions between communist ideology and Russian realities, and explains the reasons for the collapse of the system Incorporates the latest research and scholarship on the subject.
Table of Contents
Editors' Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Russia and Revolutionp. 13
The Russia questionp. 14
On the evep. 19
The call of revolution and its criticsp. 26
Bolshevism and its Criticsp. 32
Marxism and Bolshevismp. 32
The 'freest country in the world'p. 39
The Bolshevik revolutionp. 42
Bolshevik experimentsp. 47
Bolshevik alternativesp. 51
The politics of utopia-a negative transcendencep. 56
Bolshevism: the Russification of Marxism?p. 61
Stalinism and Communist Reformp. 66
Stalin's revolution from abovep. 66
Russia and warp. 75
The limits of reform communismp. 79
Nation and adaptationp. 84
Stability and order in the communist revolutionp. 88
The Great Retreatp. 93
Modernisation and mis-modernisationp. 94
The party-state and citizenshipp. 99
Resistance and dissentp. 103
Reform communism and dissolutionp. 109
Disintegration of the statep. 113
The end of communism in Russiap. 116
Communism in Russiap. 124
The great experimentp. 125
Anticipating and interpreting the endp. 130
Russia and communism: an internal clash of civilisationsp. 137
Russia after communismp. 143
Referencesp. 147
Indexp. 157
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