A New, Peculiar State: Explorations In Soviet History, 1917-1937 by Andrea GraziosiA New, Peculiar State: Explorations In Soviet History, 1917-1937 by Andrea Graziosi

A New, Peculiar State: Explorations In Soviet History, 1917-1937

byAndrea Graziosi

Hardcover | July 1, 2000

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 638 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Using a variety of old and new archival sources to examine the emergence of the Soviet system (1917-1937), this combined approach offers chronologically coherent and original construction of some crucial stages and problems in Soviet history. The past two centuries have produced an extraordinary number of new states--more than 30 in 20th-century Europe alone. It is within this turbulent context that one must analyze the rise of the Soviet state, an entity that would prove fragile in the long run despite its all-powerful facade. An examination of the extreme features and peculiarities of the Soviet variant offers revealing insights into this exceptional historical process and contributes to a wider understanding of the European "Forty Year" War (1912-1953). Graziosi devotes particular attention to Soviet solutions to the peasant and nationality problems, as well as to the pre-eminent role of ideology, the rise of personal despotism, and the unusual degree of penetration between state and economy. Using a variety of interpretations, he applies concepts from political, economic, and social history to the Soviet phenomenon without losing sight of its connections with more general European developments. The life of a Bolshevik leader is used to provide an overview of the whole period from six points of view: psychology, ideology, despotism, nationality, relations with the West, and economic "building." Also, an analysis of industrialization based on the accounts of foreign workers who often met a tragic fate in the great purges contributes significantly to an assessment of the role that myth building played in the Stalinist repression of the Soviet working class.
Title:A New, Peculiar State: Explorations In Soviet History, 1917-1937Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.54 × 6.42 × 1.06 inPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:027596650X

ISBN - 13:9780275966508


Editorial Reviews

.,."an example of high caliber scholarship. It is hoped that this work will draw the attention not only of historians in the field of Ukrainian studies, but also of specialists interested in the general phenomenon of communism in the twentieth century."-Harvard Ukrainian Studies