The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byS. A. Smith

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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 isto 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 thesignificance 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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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 isto understand how one structure of dominatio...

Stephen Smith is Professor of History at the University of Essex. He works on the social history of the Russian and Chinese revoltuions and is author of Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 1983), and A Road is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-27 (Curzon Press, 2000).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.47 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192853953

ISBN - 13:9780192853950

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Table of Contents

1. The February Revolution and Provisional Government2. Social Polarization and the Crisis of Power3. Politics in the Civil War4. Society and Economy in the Civil War5. NEP Economy and Politics6. NEP Culture and SocietyConclusion