The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within / Edition 2

The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within / Edition 2

by Geoffrey Hosking
     
 

ISBN-10: 067430442X

ISBN-13: 9780674304420

Pub. Date: 01/01/1990

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The First Socialist Society is the compelling and often tragic history of what Soviet citizens have lived through from 1917 to the present, told with great sympathy and perception. It ranges over the changing lives of peasants, urban workers, and professionals; the interaction of Soviet autocrats with the people; the character and role of religion, law,

Overview

The First Socialist Society is the compelling and often tragic history of what Soviet citizens have lived through from 1917 to the present, told with great sympathy and perception. It ranges over the changing lives of peasants, urban workers, and professionals; the interaction of Soviet autocrats with the people; the character and role of religion, law, education, and literature within Soviet society; and the significance and fate of various national groups. As the story unfolds, we come to understand how the ideas of Marxism have been changed, taking on almost unrecognizable forms by unique political and economic circumstances.

Hosking's analysis of this vast and complex country begins by asking how it was that the first socialist revolution took place in backward, autocratic Russia. Why were the Bolsheviks able to seize power and hold on to it? The core of the book lies in the years of Stalin's rule: how did he exercise such unlimited power, and how did the various strata of society survive and come to terms with his tyranny?

The later chapters recount Khrushchev's efforts to reform the worst features of Stalinism, and the unpredictable effects of his attempts within the East European satellite countries, bringing out elements of socialism that had been obscured or overlaid in the Soviet Union itself. And in the aftermath of the long Brezhnev years of stagnation and corruption, the question is posed: can Soviet society find a way to modify the rigidities inherited from the Stalinist past?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674304420
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1990
Edition description:
First Enlarged Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
2.13(w) x 1.34(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaces to the Enlarged Editions Preface to the First Edition

1. Introduction

2. The October Revolution

3. War Communism

4. The Making of the Soviet Union

5. The New Economic Policy and its Political Dilemmas

6. Revolution from Above

7. Stalin's Terror

8. Stalinist Society

9. Religion and Nationality under the Soviet State

10. The Great Fatherland War

11. The Last Years of Stalin

12. Khrushchev and de-Stalinization

13. Soviet Society under 'Developed Socialism'

14. Religion, Nationality and Dissent

15. The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union

Chronology

Statistical Tables

Bibliography

Index

Maps

The Soviet Union

The Soviet Union in the Second World War

The Soviet Union in Eastern Europe

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