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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (28 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199237670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199237678
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Review from previous edition A lucid and indeed instantly classic explanation of the revolutionary spirit in its pre-1917 and Lenin-then-Stalin dominated stages. (Tribune)

A welcome new edition of this classic history, a triumph of concision and incise analysis by a scholar who knows more than almost anyone about the early years of the Soviet system. (Orlando Figes, Birkbeck College, London, and author of A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924)

A succinct, insightful, and highly original interpretation of the Russian Revolution as a process of social transformation lasting from 1917 to 1937... Fitzpatrick gives us a challenging rethinking that will shape our discussions for years to come. (Ronald Suny, University of Michigan)

A beautiful little introduction to the topic. This is a fine work for introductory students, as well as for general readers looking for a window into the Russian enigma. (Robert V. Daniels, University of Vermont)

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Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago, specializing in Modern Russian and Soviet social, political, and cultural history. A past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the recipient of a Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award, her other publications include Everyday Stalinism and Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By "shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay" on 6 Nov. 2003
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This is a very concise chronological accout of the Revolution of 1917. The book deals well with the context of the situation of Russia, detailing the failings and popular views of the Tsarist regime. It goes on to detail the events of 1917 and the eventual Bolshevik Revolution in October. Without getting bogged down the book introduces the various ideologies of the factions contesting power, as well as a brief introduction to the main figeures, especially Lenin. The book is good a platform from which a full study of the doctrines, ideologies and impacts of the Revolution can be made.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Lejeune on 19 July 2009
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Bought the book for summertime and I was very pleased by the non-scholar tone, yet the book is filled with facts and very pleasant to read. I knew many aspects of the Russian revolution but the book did reveal many internal mechanisms used by the Bolsheviks to seize and stay in power - Congratulations
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I picked this up to use for an essay and I have to say it gives a good solid over view of the Russia Revolution. Now that said it does not give a heavy in depth look at every facet-I felt more could have been given over to the 1905 Revolution. If that's what your after you should also pick up Orlando Figes People's Tragedy
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Jones on 11 Aug. 2005
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THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION by Sheila Fitzpatrick is very concise and excellently written, giving a better understanding of the revolution and its purpose as well as a better outlook to the characters than other books on that era of history. I recommend this book with UNION MOUJIK, PUTIN'S RUSSIA, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF LENIN, RUSSIA'S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION to compliment this book on the Russian revolution and its aftermath until today's Russia.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Campbell on 1 April 2013
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Started a module at university on the Russian Revolution, covering the years of around 1840-1930. This book was brilliant for a basic coverage of the period as it includes a good description and analysis of events. I would recommend this to anyone studying the revolution as it is a fantastic place to start. It must also be noted that this book went past the 1930 mark that my course set covering Stalin's great purges which dominated the 1930s.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Coles on 5 Dec. 2005
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This book was lent to me by my hitory teacher, for some catchup work and background reading. I found that not only did it give an overview of the whole revolution but also an in depth look at the topic I required(NEP coincidentally). i would definitely give this a read, no matter who you are, although A-level or GCSE students will probably benefit the most, as it is really easy to read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F Henwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2013
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From 1905 to 1938, Russia underwent not one but arguably four revolutions. The first was the failed 1905 revolution in the wake of Russia's defeat at the hands of Japan; the second and third the February and October revolutions of 1917; the fourth Stalin's revolution from above in the early 1930s. This book covers all four with an economy of effort (172 pages of text and another 19 pages of notes and bibliography) and is an excellent introduction to the subject.

I was particularly interested in Fitzpatrick's interpretation of the revolution as I think that it is a novel one and made me think differently about how to understand it. For Fitzpatrick, the Russian revolution was a process, not an event. It began in October 1917 and ended sometime in the late 1930s, after the end of Stalin's purges. Throughout this period, there were three motifs: modernization, class and terror. Interpreting these motifs lead us to understand the revolution differently to what we may previously have been led to believe.

Regarding modernization, the first motif, the Bolsheviks were great admirers of the productive and technological accomplishments of Western industrialisation, if not its class aspects. Stalin's industrialisation of the country was inspired by conceptions of the superiority and necessity of urbanization and industrialisation with the peasantry the principal bearers of the financial and human cost of this drive. (Fitzpatrick's discussion reminded me why the prospects of a communist revolution in an advanced country are nil: once modernity has been achieved, communism as an appeal to overcome backwardness has no force).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Stewart on 26 Feb. 2012
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Provides a good starting point for any reading or study of russian revolution. Nevertheless, should only be used as a basic book and further reading is definately needed.
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