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The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full picture.

This fully updated new edition of Sheila Fitzpatrick's classic short history of the revolution takes into account the new archival and other evidence that has come to light since the fall of the USSR, incorporating material that was previously ...

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Overview

The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full picture.

This fully updated new edition of Sheila Fitzpatrick's classic short history of the revolution takes into account the new archival and other evidence that has come to light since the fall of the USSR, incorporating material that was previously inaccessible not only to Western but also to Soviet historians.

Starting with an overview of the roots of the revolution, Fitzpatrick takes the story from 1917, through Stalin's 'revolution from above', to the great purges of the 1930s. She tells a gripping story of a Marxist revolution that was intended to transform the world, visited enormous suffering on the Russian people, and, like the French Revolution before it, ended up by devouring its own children.

Now in a new edition, this provocative, highly readable work presents a fascinating look at events that culminated in the Russian Revolution. Focusing on the Revolution in its widest sense, Sheila Fitzpatrick covers not only the events of 1917 and what preceded them, but the social transformations brought about by the Bolsheviks.

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"An admirable effort to rescue from politics the greatest upheaval of modern times and reclaim it for history."--Newsweek (on the previous edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192191625
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/1983
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author
Sheila Fitzpatrick is Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Setting 15
The society 16
The revolutionary tradition 23
The 1905 Revolution and its aftermath; the First World War 31
2 1917: The Revolutions of February and October 40
The February Revolution and 'dual power' 44
The Bolsheviks 49
The popular revolution 52
The political crises of the summer 57
The October Revolution 61
3 The Civil War 68
The Civil War, the Red Army and the Cheka 72
War Communism 78
Visions of the new world 83
The Bolsheviks in power 87
4 NEP and the Future of the Revolution 93
The discipline of retreat 96
The problem of bureaucracy 102
The leadership struggle 106
Building socialism in one country 111
5 Stalin's Revolution 120
Stalin versus the Right 124
The industrialization drive 129
Collectivization 135
Cultural Revolution 141
6 Ending the Revolution 148
'Revolution accomplished' 150
'Revolution betrayed' 156
Terror 163
Notes 173
Select Bibliography 185
Index 193
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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Decent book.

    When I bought this book for a class, I didn't expect to learn anything new. This was the third Russian history course I had ever had. However, Fitzpatrick's insight into the events was striking. She really has a few gems in this book. However, it does leave out a lot of important information that a larger, more in-depth book would cover. The book does not suffer, and the uninformed reader would not notice what it is that she has barely scratched the surface with.

    I believe that this is the perfect book for a quick overview or for a beginner in the subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    The Russian Revolution

    An excellent book to add to one's collection for study on the history of Russia.

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