Revolutionary Russia: A History in Documents

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This book 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. The focus of the narrative is on how the effort to build communism in Russia affected the lives of ordinary people. The authors have collected far flung documents, photographs, posters, and objects and strung them into a narrative with introductions to each chapter and document, sidebars, and detailed photo captions. While the main text tantalizes readers with the great vision, conflict, hopes, and horrors of this much-mythologized part of modern history, the backmatter provides resources for further exploration. Topics include 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," the Great Terror, and a picture essay on women's liberation.
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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: 772,774
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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 editor of Mary Leder's My Life In Stalinist Russia: An American Woman Looks Back (2001). Her latest research centers on dependent children in the Soviet Union.

Robert Weinberg is a 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). His research focuses on Jews in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russia and the Soviet Union.

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Table of Contents

What is a Document?
How to Read a Document Introduction

Chapter One PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION A Land of Contrasts Revolutionary Politics The Revolution of 1905
The Eve of War and Revolution

Chapter Two
1917: THE YEAR OF REVOLUTION Society Becomes Radical The Bolshevik Rise to Power Views of the Revolution

The Fate of the Royal Family Opposition and Criticism The Embrace of Dictatorship Peasant Resistance and the Crisis of Kronstadt

Chapter Four THE ROAD TO SOCIALISM The Transformation of Culture and Society Celebrating Revolution The Debate about NEP

Beating Russia into the Twentieth Century The War against the Peasantry and Church The World of Five-Year Plans


Chapter Seven SOVIET SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN THE 1930s The Cult of Stalin The Revolution of Stalin

Chapter Eight 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

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