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The Soviet Union 1917-1991 (Longman History of Russia) [Paperback]

Martin Mccauley
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4 May 1993 0582013232 978-0582013230 2
A second edition of this famous survey has been eagerly awaited. When the first edition appeared Brezhnev was still in power, Gorbachev did not make it to the index, and the USSR was a superpower. Today the Soviet experiment is over and the USSR no longer exists. How? Why? Martin McCauley has reworked and greatly expanded his book to answer these questions, and to provide a complete account of the Soviet years. Essential reading to an appreciation of recent history -- and to a better understanding of whatever happens next.

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (4 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582013232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582013230
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An expert in probing mafia-type relationships in present-day Russia, Martin McCauley here offers a vigorously written scrutiny of Soviet politics and society since the days of Lenin and Stalin.'

John Keep, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto.

About the Author

Martin McCauley is former Senior Lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonicand East European Studies, University College, University of London. His previous publications include Stalin and Stalinism (2003), Bandits, Gangsters and the Mafia: Russia, the Baltic States and the CIS Since 1991 (2001) and Gorbachev (2000).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Soviet Union 1917-91 3 Oct 2011
By a Flynn
Rather surprised to see insultingly hostile comments about this author on US version of Amazon, at least for other titles.
To my mind Macauley has advantage of a clear, direct style, and having actually been researching and writing since the Khrushchev era. He is neither a historian out of touch with the contemporary situation, nor just an of-the-moment commentator without historical background.
This is a very well-informed and readble guide to the period, which crams plenty of facts and perceptive comment into its 400 pages. It has useful maps, but no photos,not a bad thing as space and money aren't taken up giving us the same old pictures of the Revolution, Stalin or Gorbachev for the 20th time.
You might judge out the other reviews and judge whether they are just malicious.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Soviet Union by Martin Macaulay 27 Sep 2012
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This book was recommended to me by two people whose recommendations I take very seriously, and when I read the book I saw why. I was particularly interested in Stalin's career from 1939 onwards, which the usual array of internet sources had failed to deal adequately with. This book is calm and well balanced, no mean achievement given the subject matter.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Breezy 4 Aug 2002
By Ben Hekster - Published on
Obviously a small book covering the entire history of an empire that ruled hundreds of millions of people for decades cannot possibly be exhaustive, but some coherency of coverage could at least be expected. Although it makes some attempts at covering its subject, in my opinion it suffers from being poorly written, its almost lackadaisical style, and a failure to properly introduce and explain concepts. For example, the reader is bombarded in the first chapter by Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, Left and Right SRs, New Style, with hardly a clue as to their meaning and historical significance. Worse, analysis is lacking or flawed. Its perpetuation of the mischaracterization of the coup of October 1917 as a 'revolution' is indefensible in light of information that has long been available to Western historians. In addition, its poor typography and lack of overall structure make its reading an ordeal.

All in all, I would suggest someone who is seeking a good overview and introduction to the history of the Soviet Union to look elsewhere.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable 9 Jan 2003
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A miserable, boring book by a miserable, boring, pompous old man. The doctor will probably recommend a little Where's Waldo to combat the adverse side effects of reading such a boring, hopeless, faulty book. In McCauley's own elite words, you would have to "kill every page" to save yourself from its terminal, dull, thudding nothingness.
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