Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 15, 2009

byStephen Lovell

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Almost twenty years after the Soviet Unions' end, what are we to make of its existence? Was it a heroic experiment, an unmitigated disaster, or a viable if flawed response to the modern world?Taking a fresh approach to the study of the Soviet Union, this Very Short Introduction blends political history with an investigation into the society and culture at the time. Mike Lovell examines aspects of patriotism, political violence, poverty, and ideology; and provides answers to some of thebig questions about the Soviet experience.

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Almost twenty years after the Soviet Unions' end, what are we to make of its existence? Was it a heroic experiment, an unmitigated disaster, or a viable if flawed response to the modern world?Taking a fresh approach to the study of the Soviet Union, this Very Short Introduction blends political history with an investigation into the so...

Stephen Lovell is a Reader in Modern European History at King's College London. He is the author of the prize-winning Summerfolk: A History of the Dacha, 1710-2000, and has written widely on Russian social and cultural history.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199238480

ISBN - 13:9780199238484

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Table of Contents

1. Future and past2. Patriotism and multinationalism3. Poverty and wealth4. Terror and participation5. Elite and masses6. West and EastConclusion