Revolutionary Russia: A History in Documents

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Overview


Revolutionary Russia: A History in Documents provides a visually stimulating survey of revolutionary Russia, from the collapse of the autocracy in 1917 to the consolidation of the Stalinist system in the 1930s. Authors Robert Weinberg and Laurie Bernstein have collected far-flung documents--many available in English for the first time--and woven them into a narrative that focuses on the effort to build communism in Russia and its effects on the lives of ordinary people. Providing introductions to each chapter and document along with sidebars and detailed photo captions, the main text tantalizes readers with the great vision, conflict, hopes, and horrors of this much-mythologized part of modern history, while the back matter offers resources for further exploration.

Utilizing a mix of textual and visual documents-including photographs, posters, and objects-to create a textured history of revolutionary Russia, the book covers such diverse topics as the prelude to revolution, the Bolshevik rise to power, the fate of the royal family, peasant resistance to Bolshevik policies, Stalin's "revolution from above," and the Great Terror. A picture essay, featuring sixteen posters, provides a visual depiction of the impact of the revolution on women.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195337945
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/23/2010
  • Series: Pages from History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,028,458
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Weinberg is Professor of History at Swarthmore College. He is the author of The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps (1993) and Stalin's Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland (1998).

Laurie Bernstein is Associate Professor of History and Director of Women's Studies at Rutgers University, Camden. She is the author of Sonia's Daughters: Prostitutes and Their Regulation in Imperial Russia (1995) and the editor of Mary Leder's My Life In Stalinist Russia: An American Woman Looks Back (2001).

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Table of Contents

What is a Document?
How to Read a Document
Introduction
1. PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION
A Land of Contrasts
Revolutionary Politics
The Revolution of 1905
The Eve of War and Revolution
2. 1917: THE YEAR OF REVOLUTION
Society Becomes Radical
The Bolshevik Rise to Power
Views of the Revolution
3. THE CONSOLIDATION OF BOLSHEVIK RULE, 1918-1921
The Fate of the Royal Family
Opposition and Criticism
The Embrace of Dictatorship
Peasant Resistance and the Crisis of Kronstadt
4. THE ROAD TO SOCIALISM
The Transformation of Culture and Society
Celebrating Revolution
The Debate about NEP
5. STALIN'S REVOLUTION FROM ABOVE, 1928-1932
Beating Russia into the Twentieth Century
The War against the Peasantry and Church
The World of Five-Year Plans
6. PICTURE ESSAY: WOMEN'S LIBERATION IN THE SOVIET UNION
7. SOVIET SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN THE 1930s
The Cult of Stalin
The Revolution of Stalin
8. THE GREAT TERROR
The Gulag
Three Views of the Purges
The Trial of Bukharin
The Purges in Literature
Epilogue
Assessments of Stalin's Work
Reflection on the Soviet Experience
Timeline
Further Reading
Websites
Text Credits
Picture Credits
Index
Index

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