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The Structure of Soviet History

Essays and Documents

Second Edition

Ronald Grigor Suny

Publication Date - March 2013

ISBN: 9780195340549

752 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $74.99

The most authoritative collection of documents and important scholarly articles on the history of the Soviet Union, edited by one of the leading scholars in the field

Description

Edited by eminent historian Ronald Grigor Suny, this unique collection of primary documents and important scholarly articles frames both the revolutionary changes and broad continuities in Soviet history. Organized chronologically and covering political, social, and cultural history from a variety of viewpoints, selections include official pronouncements and dissident manifestos, public speeches, private letters, and previously un-translated documents. An introductory essay provides the broad outlines of Soviet history, while chapter introductions summarize the main features and historical debates of each period.

New to the Second Edition

* Ten new essays and documents, including Jochen Hellbeck's "The Urge to Struggle On" (2006) and "Cars, Cars, and More Cars" by Lewis H. Siegelbaum (2008)
* A new chapter (10) on Russia and the former Soviet states in the twenty-first century, as well as additional readings on women and gender
* More sections on foreign policy and the Cold War

About the Author(s)

Ronald Grigor Suny is Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books and dozens of articles, including The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States, Second Edition (OUP, 2011). He is also the co-editor of A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-Making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin (OUP, 2001) and A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire (OUP, 2012).

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 2002

Reviews

"The essays are broad enough in their themes, sophisticated enough in their interpretations, and focused enough in their discussions to lend themselves well to critical analysis by undergraduates."--Laurie Bernstein, Rutgers University, Camden

"I consider the book to be one of the best readers available on the market for university courses on Soviet History or Modern Russian History."--Olga Velikanova, University of North Texas

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Back to the Future
    Acknowledgements
    Transliteration and Dating

    PART I: REVOLUTION AND CIVIL WAR

    1. The Revolutions of 1917
    2. Civil War, Socialism, and Nationalism

    PART II: RETREAT AND REBUILDING

    3. Politics, Society, and Culture in the 1920s

    PART III: STALINISM

    4 The Stalin Revolution
    5. Dangers and Opportunities: The comintern, World War, and Cold War

    PART IV: REFORM AND STAGNATION

    6. From Autocracy to Oligarchy
    7. Stagnation

    PART V: REFORM AND REVOLUTION

    8. The Road to Revolution
    9. The Second Russian Republic and the "Near Abroad"
    10. Russia and the Former Soviet States in the Twenty-First Century
    11. Summing Up