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Overview


The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. Now, following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it is possible to step back and see the full picture of this event for the first time.

Impeccable in its scholarship and objectivity, this superb volume tells the gripping story of a Marxist revolution that was intended to transform the world, but instead visited enormous suffering on the Russian people, and, like the French Revolution before it, ended up devouring its own children. The author offers insightful descriptions of the February and October Revolutions of 1917, the Civil War, the interlude of NEP, Stalin's "revolution from above," the various Five-Year Plans, and the Great Purges--all treated as discrete episodes in a twenty-year process of revolution. The book incorporates data from archives that were previously inaccessible not only to Western but also to Soviet historians, as well as drawing on important recent Russian publications such as the memoirs of one of the great survivors of Soviet politics, Vyacheslav Molotov. In the Select Bibliography, the author highlights the most important of the recent scholarly works, directing readers to the burgeoning Western scholarship on the Russian Revolution in the last ten to fifteen years.

Shelia Fitzpatrick is an internationally known expert on Soviet history. This lively and readable Third Edition uses newly available Soviet archival material and the latest Russian and Western research to provide an authoritative, compact account of one of the key events of modern history.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199237678
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 172,804
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago. A past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and a co-editor of The Journal of Modern History, she is the author of many other books and articles about Russia. She lives in Chicago and Washington, DC.

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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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    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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