Russia: The Wild East: Part Two: The Rise and Fall of the Soviets

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Martin Sixsmith brings his firsthand experience of reporting from Russia in the 1980s and 90s to his narrative, witnessing the critical moment when the Soviet Union lost its grip on power. He asks if the recurring patterns of Russian history can help us understand what has happened since 1991, when the promise of Western–style democracy aroused so many hopes for change.

The second part in this fascinating BBC Radio production covers the post–revolutionary period up to the ...

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Martin Sixsmith brings his firsthand experience of reporting from Russia in the 1980s and 90s to his narrative, witnessing the critical moment when the Soviet Union lost its grip on power. He asks if the recurring patterns of Russian history can help us understand what has happened since 1991, when the promise of Western–style democracy aroused so many hopes for change.

The second part in this fascinating BBC Radio production covers the post–revolutionary period up to the present day and includes: Civil war, The Peasant's Revolution, the End of the World Revolution in 1922, industrialization, purges and the rewriting of history, World War Two, the Nuclear Age beginning in 1949, the death of Stalin in 1953 followed by ideological expansion in the 50s and 60s under Krushchev, Gorbachev's reforms in the 80s and 90s leading to destabilization, the Chernobyl disaster, Yeltsin and the end of the Soviet Union, Putin, and the re–assertion of democracy.

Finally, Sixsmith pulls all the themes of both series together and looks at Russian identity under five headings: Autocracy vs. Democracy, East vs. West, Collectivism vs. Individualism, and Multi–ethnic empire vs. Slavic nation state.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408468531
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 1,429,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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