The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) S. A. Smith
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Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction by S. A. Smith
Book DescriptionThis Very Short Introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole-on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another. The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favour of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192853950
(176mm x 113mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author S. A. Smith
Russia in Revolution, Hardback (January 2017)
A panoramic account of the Russian empire from the last years of the nineteenth century, through revolution and civil war, to the brutal collectivization and crash industrialization under Stalin in the late 1920s
Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism, Hardback (January 2014)
Draws on documentation released since the fall of the Soviet Union to offer a global history of communism in the twentieth century.
Revolution and the People in Russia and China, Hardback (April 2008)
A comparative account of the roots of Communist revolution in Russia and China.
Red Petrograd, Paperback (March 1985)» View all books by S. A. Smith
This book explores the impact of the 1917 Revolution on factory life in the Russian capital.
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Author Biography - S. A. Smith
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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