Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath / Edition 5

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This new edition of a best-selling history of twentieth-century Russia has been expanded to tell the story of the Soviet aftermath.
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This short history of modern Russia begins with an overview of the historical background that shaped Russia as it entered the 20th century. Kort (social science, Boston U.) then focuses on the pivotal events that led in turn to the establishment of the Bolshevik dictatorship, Stalinist totalitarianism, the reforms and counter- reforms of Krushchev and Brezhnev, and the dramatic changes during the Gorbachev years, culminating in the collapse of the Soviet system. The final section considers the first decade of post-Soviet Russia, including the loss of empire, the attempt to create a Russian-style capitalist democracy, and the legacy of Boris Yeltsin's presidency. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765603968
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/20/2001
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition
Pt. I The Fundamentals of Russian History
1 Prologue 3
2 The Autocratic State 8
3 The Nineteenth-Century Crisis 19
4 The People 26
5 The Intelligentsia: Strangers in a Strange Land 32
Pt. II The End of the Old Order
6 Capitalism Comes to Russia 47
7 The Revolutionaries Regroup 54
8 The Final Years and Last Stand 71
Pt. III Lenin's Russia
9 1917: Russia's Two Revolutions 87
10 Into the Fire: The Civil War 108
11 New Policies and New Problems 135
Pt. IV Steeling the Revolution
12 Bolshevism Without Lenin 165
13 The Revolution From Above 188
14 Trial by Fire: The Great Patriotic War 226
15 Stalin's September Songs 241
Pt. V The Socialist Superpower
16 Khrushchev: Reforming the Revolution 261
17 The Brezhnev Era: The Graying of the Revolution 289
Pt. VI Failed Communism and Flawed Capitalism
18 Gorbachev: From Restructuring to Deconstruction 333
19 The Russian Devolution 385
Chronology 421
Selected Readings 433
Index 439
About the Author 466
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    Clear, To The Point

    History on any country can be really dull and confusing (especially when some authors like to use fancy language that normal people don't use - especially the "like" generation of young people who are required to read such books for courses in college) but Michael Kort does a GREAT job of covering Russian history and keeping it to the point, clear, concise, and does not pepper his book with complex sentences that require a 2nd or 3rd reading before moving on. If you're looking for a "dummy" book on Russia, this is a great one. Not to say that he's a "dummy" writer, but he writes for the college-student audience, which is great to have for once!

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