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Author D'Agostino, Anthony

Title The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945 / Anthony D'Agostino

Publ Info Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, [2011]
 PC  DK266.3 .D34 2011    AVAILABLE
 PC  DK266.3 .D34 2011 c.2  AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DK266.3 .D34 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xi, 171 pages ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Land and people -- The intelligentsia and the West -- Russia the modernizing old regime -- The empire goes to war -- 1917 -- The civil war and war communism, 1918-1921 -- From Lenin to Stalin, 1921-1928 -- National Bolshevism in world affairs -- Collectivization of agriculture and five-year plan, 1929-1933 -- The Great Purge and the path to war -- The fate of the revolution -- The Hitler-Stalin pact, 1939-1941 -- World War II: Russia versus Germany -- A debate: was Stalin necessary?
Note This book offers a fresh analysis of the Russian Revolution from a global perspective. It stresses the historical role of Soviet Communism in the modernization of the country, the defeat of Nazism, and the rise of American power and world leadership. Despite the demise of Communism and the recognized horrors of the Stalin regime, many Russians are no longer embarrassed by the memory of the Stalin years. Instead, they find him representative of Russian greatness and an inspiration in their attempt to overcome what Putin has called "the greatest geopolitical disaster in history", the partition of the Soviet Union. For students and scholars of the Russian Revolution, there are pivotal questions that merit careful, comprehensive consideration: why did the Tsarist regime unravel in revolution? Why did the Bolsheviks come to power rather than some other party? How did Stalin, rather than a more popular and respected leader, win the mantle of Lenin and gain leadership of the ruling party? How should Stalin's regime be judged by subsequent generations of Russians, and in the context of world history? In this volume, the author discusses all these questions. His suggestions for further reading range over decades of writing on Soviet subjects and cite classics, revisionist works, curiosities, and studies done during and since the Gorbachev years. The book explores topics including the modernization of the Tsarist Russian state, World War I, the revolutionary project of Soviet Communism, the nationalist transformation of Soviet Communism under international pressures, the "Big Drive" to modernize Russia by force, and the external threat of fascism
LC subject Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921
Soviet Union -- History -- 1917-1936
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Politics and government
Social change -- Soviet Union -- History
ISBN 9780313386220 (hard copy : alk. paper)
0313386226 (hard copy : alk. paper)