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Edited by eminent historian Ronald Grigor Suny, this unique collection of primary documents and important scholarly articles frames both the revolutionary changes and broad continuities in Soviet history. Organized chronologically and covering political, social, and cultural history from a variety of viewpoints, selections include official pronouncements and dissident manifestos, public speeches, private letters, and previously un-translated documents. An introductory essay provides the broad outlines of Soviet history, while chapter introductions summarize the main features and historical debates of each period.
New to the Second Edition
* Ten new essays and documents, including Jochen Hellbeck's "The Urge to Struggle On" (2006) and "Cars, Cars, and More Cars" by Lewis H. Siegelbaum (2008) * A new chapter (10) on Russia and the former Soviet states in the twenty-first century, as well as additional readings on women and gender * More sections on foreign policy and the Cold War
Ronald Grigor Suny is Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books and dozens of articles, including The Soviet Experiment:Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States, Second Edition (OUP, 2011). He is also the co-editor of A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-Making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin (OUP, 2001) and A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire (OUP, 2012).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Back to the Future Acknowledgements Transliteration and Dating
PART I: REVOLUTION AND CIVIL WAR
1. The Revolutions of 1917 2. Civil War, Socialism, and Nationalism
PART II: RETREAT AND REBUILDING
3. Politics, Society, and Culture in the 1920s
PART III: STALINISM
4 The Stalin Revolution 5. Dangers and Opportunities: The comintern, World War, and Cold War
PART IV: REFORM AND STAGNATION
6. From Autocracy to Oligarchy 7. Stagnation
PART V: REFORM AND REVOLUTION
8. The Road to Revolution 9. The Second Russian Republic and the "Near Abroad" 10. Russia and the Former Soviet States in the Twenty-First Century 11. Summing Up