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,

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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?

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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 Editions10
Preface to the First Edition11
1Introduction15
2The October Revolution35
3War Communism57
4The Making of the Soviet Union93
5The New Economic Policy and Its Political Dilemmas119
6Revolution from Above149
7Stalin's Terror183
8Stalinist Society205
9Religion and Nationality under the Soviet State227
10The Great Fatherland War261
11The Last Years of Stalin296
12Khrushchev and De-Stalinization326
13Soviet Society under 'Developed Socialism'363
14Religion, Nationality and Dissent402
15The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union446
Chronology503
Statistical Tables518
Bibliography526
Index551

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