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Revolutionary Russia

A History in Documents

Robert Weinberg and Laurie Bernstein

Publication Date - April 2010

ISBN: 9780195337945

256 pages
Paperback
8 x 10 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $42.95

Provides a visually stimulating survey of revolutionary Russia, from the collapse of the autocracy in 1917 to the consolidation of the Stalinist system in the 1930s.

Description

Revolutionary Russia: A History in Documents provides a visually stimulating survey of revolutionary Russia, from the collapse of the autocracy in 1917 to the consolidation of the Stalinist system in the 1930s. Authors Robert Weinberg and Laurie Bernstein have collected far-flung documents--many available in English for the first time--and woven them into a narrative that focuses on the effort to build communism in Russia and its effects on the lives of ordinary people. Providing introductions to each chapter and document along with sidebars and detailed photo captions, the main text tantalizes readers with the great vision, conflict, hopes, and horrors of this much-mythologized part of modern history, while the back matter offers resources for further exploration.

Utilizing a mix of textual and visual documents-including photographs, posters, and objects-to create a textured history of revolutionary Russia, the book covers such diverse topics as the prelude to revolution, the Bolshevik rise to power, the fate of the royal family, peasant resistance to Bolshevik policies, Stalin's "revolution from above," and the Great Terror. A picture essay, featuring sixteen posters, provides a visual depiction of the impact of the revolution on women.

Features

  • Provides a visually stimulating survey of revolutionary Russia, from the collapse of the autocracy in 1917 to the consolidation of the Stalinist system in the 1930s
  • Utilizes a mix of textual and visual documents-including photographs, posters, and objects
  • Sixteen posters in the picture essay provide a visual depiction of the impact of the revolution on women

About the Author(s)

Robert Weinberg is Professor of History at Swarthmore College. He is the author of The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps (1993) and Stalin's Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland (1998).

Laurie Bernstein is Associate Professor of History and Director of Women's Studies at Rutgers University, Camden. She is the author of Sonia's Daughters: Prostitutes and Their Regulation in Imperial Russia (1995) and the editor of Mary Leder's My Life In Stalinist Russia: An American Woman Looks Back (2001).

Table of Contents

    What is a Document?
    How to Read a Document
    Introduction
    1. PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION
    A Land of Contrasts
    Revolutionary Politics
    The Revolution of 1905
    The Eve of War and Revolution
    2. 1917: THE YEAR OF REVOLUTION
    Society Becomes Radical
    The Bolshevik Rise to Power
    Views of the Revolution
    3. THE CONSOLIDATION OF BOLSHEVIK RULE, 1918-1921
    The Fate of the Royal Family
    Opposition and Criticism
    The Embrace of Dictatorship
    Peasant Resistance and the Crisis of Kronstadt
    4. THE ROAD TO SOCIALISM
    The Transformation of Culture and Society
    Celebrating Revolution
    The Debate about NEP
    5. STALIN'S REVOLUTION FROM ABOVE, 1928-1932
    Beating Russia into the Twentieth Century
    The War against the Peasantry and Church
    The World of Five-Year Plans
    6. PICTURE ESSAY: WOMEN'S LIBERATION IN THE SOVIET UNION
    7. SOVIET SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN THE 1930s
    The Cult of Stalin
    The Revolution of Stalin
    8. THE GREAT TERROR
    The Gulag
    Three Views of the Purges
    The Trial of Bukharin
    The Purges in Literature
    Epilogue
    Assessments of Stalin's Work
    Reflection on the Soviet Experience
    Timeline
    Further Reading
    Websites
    Text Credits
    Picture Credits
    Index
    Index