Red Nations: The Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR

Red Nations: The Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR

by Jeremy Smith
     
 

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Red Nations offers an illuminating and informative overview of how the non-Russian republics of the Soviet Union experienced communist rule. It surveys the series of historical events that contributed to the break-up of the Soviet Union and evaluates their continuing resonance across post-soviet states today. Drawing from the latest research, Professor Smith offers

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Red Nations offers an illuminating and informative overview of how the non-Russian republics of the Soviet Union experienced communist rule. It surveys the series of historical events that contributed to the break-up of the Soviet Union and evaluates their continuing resonance across post-soviet states today. Drawing from the latest research, Professor Smith offers comprehensive coverage of the revolutionary years, the early Soviet policies of developing nations, Stalin's purges and deportations of small nationalities, and the rise of independence movements. Through a single, unified narrative, this book illustrates how, in the post-Stalin period, many of the features of the modern nation state emerged. Both scholars and students will find this an indispensable contribution to the history of the dissolution of the USSR, the reconstruction of post-Soviet society, and its impact on non-Russian citizens from the years of the Russian Revolution through to the present day.

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From the Publisher
"Jeremy Smith directs his detailed research and attention in this book to the history of these non-Russian peoples within the Soviet Union from 1920 up to its dismantling in 1991."
Morning Star

"In sum, the overall conception of this volume breaks new ground, which deserves continued attention from scholars, and more accessible treatment. The volume raises our awareness of how the legal perspective may be helpful and even essential for understanding virtually any aspect of the Cold War."
Sergei Antonov, The Russian Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521111317
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2013
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Smith is Professor of Russian History and Politics at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, having lectured in Russian history at the University of Birmingham for eleven years. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Helsinki's Aleksanteri Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on the non-Russian nationalities of the Soviet Union, including two books, The Bolsheviks and the National Question, 1917–1923 and The Fall of Soviet Communism, 1985–1991. He has received major research grants for projects on social unrest in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, the politics and government of the USSR in the Khrushchev era, and Georgian nationalism and Soviet power in the 1950s, and is one of the organisers of the EU-Central Asia Monitoring programme. In 2001 he was elected to the International Commission on the Russian Revolution.

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