The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

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Routledge, 2014 M01 14 - 552 páginas

'An expert in probing mafia-type relationships in present-day Russia, Martin McCauley here offers a vigorously written scrutiny of Soviet politics and society since the days of Lenin and Stalin.'

John Keep, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto.

The birth of the Soviet Union surprised many; its demise amazed the whole world. How did imperial Russia give way to the Soviet Union in 1917, and why did the USSR collapse so quickly in 1991?

Marxism promised paradise on earth, but the Communist Party never had true power, instead allowing Lenin and Stalin to become dictators who ruled in its name. The failure of the planned economy to live up to expectations led to a boom in the unplanned economy, in particular the black market. In turn, this led to the growth of organised crime and corruption within the government.

The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union examines the strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions of the first Marxist state, and reassesses the role of power, authority and legitimacy in Soviet politics. Including first-person accounts, anecdotes, illustrations and diagrams to illustrate key concepts, McCauley provides a seminal history of twentieth-century Russia.

 

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Contenido

1 Ave Atque Vale
1
days of hope and days of despair
24
3 Soviet power terror and civil war
46
4 Muslims and others and revolution
69
5 Women and revolution
80
6 The New Economic Policy
99
7 Diplomats and spies
117
8 Society and culture
128
15 The onset of the Cold War
252
16 High Stalinism
277
17 Bolshevik speak
296
18 Stalin Hitler and Mao
306
19 The Khrushchev era
315
20 The Brezhnev era
347
21 The Gorbachev era
397
22 Strengths and weaknesses of the Soviet system
437

turning private peasants into state peasants
137
10 Industrialisation
152
11 Terror and the gulag
173
12 State and society
203
13 Pursuing peace and preparing for war
218
14 Total war
232
23 Russia reborn
453
Biographies
471
Glossary
477
Bibliography
492
Index
502
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Martin McCauley is former Senior Lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonicand East European Studies, University College, University of London. His previous publications include Stalin and Stalinism (2003), Bandits, Gangsters and the Mafia: Russia , the Baltic States and the CIS Since 1991 (2001) and Gorbachev (2000).

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