The Russian Revolution, 1900-1927

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Robert Service has revised and updated his popular book on the Russian Revolution, offering an integrated account of politics, sociology and economics. He has widened the focus out from 1917 so as to cover both the final years of the Romanov dynasty and the inception of the Soviet order. In a concise, lively style, the book provides an assessment of various basic interpretations of the Russian Revolution.
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Overview

Robert Service has revised and updated his popular book on the Russian Revolution, offering an integrated account of politics, sociology and economics. He has widened the focus out from 1917 so as to cover both the final years of the Romanov dynasty and the inception of the Soviet order. In a concise, lively style, the book provides an assessment of various basic interpretations of the Russian Revolution.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780333560365
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 117
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 0.29 (h) x 8.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Introduction (First edition)
Introduction (Second edition)
A Note on References
1 The Unstable Compound, 1900-1914 1
St Petersburg and the world in 1900 1
The absolute monarchy before 1905 3
Economic progress 5
The transforming of Russian society 8
Social discontents 10
Political upheaval: 1905-6 12
The limits of the regime's adaptiveness 15
Social resilience and institutional growth 17
Economic problems before 1914 19
Political instability 21
2 Explosion, 1915-1917 24
War and the gathering economic crisis 24
Social commotion 26
The February Revolution of 1917 28
Aspirations in society 30
'Dual power' 32
Economic breakdown and social reactions 35
Mass organisations 37
The Bolshevik party 40
The disintegration of the state 42
The October Revolution of 1917 44
3 The Limits of Experiment, 1917-1927 46
Political euphoria 46
Economic and diplomatic prostration: 1917-1918 48
Social reforms and mass participation 50
Repression 53
Civil War: 1917-1921 55
Opposition to Bolshevism 60
The NEP and economic recovery: 1921-1927 62
The recuperation of society 65
The party and the political system 67
Moscow and the world in 1927 70
Conclusions 74
Afterword 77
Select Bibliography 84
Maps 94
Index 96
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