Russia's Bitter Path to Modernity: A History of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras

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A&C Black, 1 gen 2001 - 318 pagine
Will it follow the model of the Western capitalist democracies, as those who applied the economic shock therapy of the early 90s hoped, or will it chose its own distinct path of development? In this history of Russia from 1917 to the present, Alexander Chubarov teases out certain themes developed in his previous book on tsarist Russia (The Fragile Empire). One of the key factors to Russia's distinctiveness is its halfway location in the center of the Eurasian landmass. This lends an inevitability to the traditional cultural schism between Westernizing reformers and Slavophiles. Neither approach, says Chubarov, will work on its own. Chubarov offers "a balanced view, abstaining from narrow, ideologically biased assessments," and examines the triumphs (yes) and failures of Russia's Soviet development "within Russia's own cultural and historical context." Without ever minimizing the brutalities of the Soviet period-the state terror, the collectivizations, the labor camps, the deportations of whole peoples-Chubarov demonstrates much continuity between tsarist and Soviet Russia, with the latter often repeating the former's mistakes. Russia, says Chubarov, cannot turn its back on its Soviet experience. Far from being a blind alley or "aberrant phase," the Soviet period was an organic part of Russia history and "was largely successful in turning Russia and most of the other Soviet republics into modern states.">
 

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Sommario

Introduction
5
Old Regime Russia
21
Political Culture
31
Soviet Ideology
41
The Soviet Political System
50
Soviet Nationalities
61
The Beginnings of the Socialist Transformation
83
Great Leap to Socialism
92
The Command Economy in Crisis
169
The Collapse of the Political System
179
Unraveling the Unitary State
190
Return to a Market Economy
198
The Yeltsin Era
219
Russia in Search of an Identity
237
Prospects for the New Century
254
Notes
277

Stalinism
101
From World War to Cold War
111
Khrushchev and DeStalinization
130
Brezhnevs Mature Socialism
143
Cracks in the Soviet Monolith
151
Selected Bibliography of EnglishLanguage Sources
285
Selected Bibliography of RussianLanguage Sources
302
Index
311
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Informazioni sull'autore (2001)

Alexander Chubarov is Senior Lecturer in Russian Studies at the School of International Studies and Law, Coventry University.

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