The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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This Very Short Introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936.

It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole-on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth.

Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another.

The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change.

Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution.

The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favour of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, numerous halftones and 2 maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780192853950



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An excellent introduction to a subject I had only vague memories of from school history lessons. Clear, concise, and pretty comprehensive for a "very short" book. My one criticism is that there's a tendency to introduce people and terminology once, and then simply refer to them without explanation even if the previous mention was 30 pages back: evidently I don't have a good enough memory for names! The index is good, though, so it wasn't a serious problem.