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A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to its Legacy

A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to its Legacy

by Peter Kenez

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This concise yet comprehensive textbook examines political, social, and cultural developments in the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet period. It begins by identifying the social tensions and political inconsistencies that spurred radical change in Russia's government, from the turn of the century to the revolution of 1917. Peter Kenez presents this revolution as a crisis of authority that the creation of the Soviet Union resolved. The text traces the progress of the Soviet Union through the 1920s, the years of the New Economic Policies, and into the Stalinist order. It illustrates how post-Stalin Soviet leaders struggled to find ways to rule the country without using Stalin's methods - but also without openly repudiating the past - and to negotiate a peaceful but antipathetic coexistence with the capitalist West. This updated third edition includes substantial new material, discussing the challenges Russia currently faces in the era of Putin.

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ISBN-13: 9781107141056
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2016
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 651,627
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Peter Kenez is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Coming of the Holocaust: From Antisemitism to Genocide (Cambridge, 2013) and Hungary from the Nazis to the Soviets: The Establishment of the Communist Regime in Hungary, 1944–1948 (Cambridge, 2006).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The revolution, 1917–21; 3. New Economic Policies, 1921–9; 4. The first five-year plan; 5. High Stalinism; 6. A great and patriotic war; 7. The nadir: 1945–53; 8. The age of Khrushchev; 9. Real, existing socialism; 10. Failed reforms; 11. Leap into the unknown; 12. Illiberal democracy; 13. Putin returns.

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