The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945

The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945

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Despite the demise of Communism and the recognized horrors of the Stalin regime, many Russians are no longer embarrassed by the memory of the Stalin years. Instead, they find the Soviet dictator representative of Russian greatness and an inspiration in their attempt to overcome what Vladimir Putin has called qthe greatest geopolitical disaster in historyq---the partition of the Soviet Union. For students and scholars of the Russian Revolution, there are pivotal questions that merit careful, comprehensive consideration: Why did the Tsarist regime unravel in revolution? Why did the Bolsheviks come to power rather than some other party? How did Stalin---rather than a more popular and respected leader---win the mantle of Lenin and gain leadership of the ruling party? How should Stalin's regime be Judged by subsequent generations of Russians, and in the context of world history? In The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945, Anthony D'Agostino offers a fresh and concise review of all these questions. The book explores topics including the modernization of the Tsarist Russian state, the crisis of the World War I years, the revolutionary project of Soviet Communism, the nationalist transformation of Soviet Communism under International pressures, the qBig Driveq to modernize Russia by force, and the external threat of fascism.Richard Pipesa#39;s eloquent and rigorous essay on the concept of the social diarchy is in his introduction to Karamzina#39;s ... a€œThe French Revolutionary Influence on the Russian Decembrists, a€ Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 22 (1993).

Title:The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945
Author:Anthony D'Agostino
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 2011


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