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Rethinking the Russian Revolution (Reading History series) [Paperback]

Edward Acton
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5 July 1990 Reading History series
For its admirers, the Russian Revolution is a milestone in human progress; for its critics, it is a catastrophe of monstrous proportions. Edward Acton's stimulating study combines an introduction to the momentous events of 1917 with an analysis of this controversy.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (5 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713165308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713165302
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work is intended principally to allow the student and nonspecialist to acquire a reasonably sophisticated grasp of the historiography of the Russian revolution. In this, it succeeds strongly, largely due to a clarity of presentation grounded in the author's strong interpretational grasp. 'Rethinking the Russian Revolution' will likely become standard fare in university classrooms. (Slavic Review)

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Edward Acton is Professor of Modern European History at the University of East Anglia

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book was one of the main texts in my studies of the Russian Revolution (now some ten years ago), and it's the only one I remember well. Unlike most other works in the field, Acton doesn't seem to have a political axe to grind, but treats each subtopic with a discursive approach: weighing up all sides of the arguments. As such, it's an essay-writer's dream: you can get plenty of material, and not a few essay layouts, from this book. If you're a lazy student (and I certainly was) you should consider grabbing a copy.
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For those who are struggling revising for the "Lenin and the Bolshevik establishment of power" OCR A2 paper, look no further than the 'add to basket' button at the bottom of this page. It summerises all the events you need while detailing HISTORIOGRAPHY [yes, on every event!!]. OK, it's a tad light on Libertarism, but aren't we all???!!
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