Soviet Politics 1917-1991 by Mary McauleySoviet Politics 1917-1991 by Mary Mcauley

Soviet Politics 1917-1991

byMary Mcauley

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In October 1917 revolution swept away the Tsarist system under which Russia had assimilated its neighbouring states. Led by Lenin, the Communist Party transformed this empire into the Soviet Union, one of the most powerful states the world has known. Under Stalin industrialisation wasfollowed by terror, resistance to Nazi invasion, and the Cold War. As a superpower under his successors, Kruschev and Brezhnev, the Soviet Union appeared invincible, but with Mikhail Gorbachev came political reforms which resulted in the collapse of communism in December 1991 and the emergence ofthe Commonwealth of Independent States. Based on extensive research and first-hand knowledge of the Soviet system, this is a stimulating analysis of the developments which sustained, then finally undermined, the Communist regime. Mary McAuley's clear account of events pinpoints key political developments - revolution, state-building,party-rule, terror, and elections - and fully discusses their significance. Her analysis will be of importance to all students of twentieth-century politics and to everyone wanting a full understanding of the history and development of the Soviet Union.

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Mary McAuley is at St Hilda's College, Oxford.
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Title:Soviet Politics 1917-1991Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.39 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198780672

ISBN - 13:9780198780670

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'McAuley's book is useful and interesting in that it tackles the particularly fascinating problem of the Bolsheviks' search for political legitimacy after their seizure of power in October 1917.'Ian D. Thatcher, Irish Slavonic Studies'