The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 21 Feb 2002
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"An admirable effort to rescue from politics the greatest upheaval of modern times and reclaim it for history."--Newsweek (on the previous edition) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Stephen Smith is Professor of History at the University of Essex. He works on the social history of the Russian and Chinese revoltuions and is author of Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 1983), and A Road is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-27 (Curzon Press, 2000).
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If this brief introduction whets your appetite, then the extensive reading list proves more than adequate to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.
And they're pocket size to boot, making them handy for reading on the train or bus. With hundreds of topics to choose from, I cannot recommend these books enough.
As with other books in the 'A Very Short Introduction' collection, this little piece is excellent! It's written in a very accessible way that makes it easy to follow and understand. It explains the chronology of the Russian Revolution from 1905 until post- civil war, and has all the facts there in the palm of your hand. Parts of it are almost written as a narrative which makes it easy to dip in and out of, and it is small enough to fit in any bag or briefcase for on-the-go reading! As far as a starting point for investigating the Russian Revolution, there is no better place than this book!
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).Read more ›
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Dry and factual without much passion, but if you want a brief history of events then you cant argue with the book's ttile - and you'll read it in a couple of hours.Published 5 months ago by Tom
An interesting book, which introduces the subject. Could be a little more in-depth.
Super fast delivery (arrived before the suggested delivery date). Read more
Short and concise it gave a quick run through for the someone coming to the subject for the first time.Published on 13 Feb. 2014 by Mr. P. Temple
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... Read morePublished on 1 April 2013 by Oliver Campbell
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