Russian and Western Views at the Turn of the Millenium
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Stalinism by John L. H. Keep
Book DescriptionStalinism surveys the efforts made in recent years by professional historians, in Russia and the West, to better understand what really went on in the USSR between 1929 and 1953, when the country's affairs were shrouded in secrecy. The opening of the Soviet archives in 1991 has led to a profusion of historical studies, whose strengths and weaknesses are assessed here impartially though not uncritically. While Joseph Stalin now emerges as a less omnipotent figure than he seemed to be at the time, most serious writers accept that the system over which he ruled was despotic and totalitarian. Some nostalgic nationalists in Russia, along with some Western post-modernists, disagree. Their arguments are carefully dissected here. Stalinism was of course much more than state sponsored terror, and so due attention is paid to a wide range of socio-economic and cultural problems. Keep and Litvin applaud the efforts of Soviet citizens to express dissenting views.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415351096
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John L. H. Keep
Stalinism, Hardback (December 2004)
This volume, the fruit of co operation between a British and Russian historian, seeks to review comparatively the progress made in recent years, largely thanks to the opening of the Russian archives, in enlarging our understanding of Stalin and
History of the Soviet Union 1945-1991, Paperback (August 2002)
Focusing upon political, economic, social and cultural developments, this history of the USSR is divided into four parts: Stalin's final years; Nikita Krushchev's attempts to reform communist rule; the years 1964-1985, largely Breshnev's tenure; and Gorbachev's attempts at a "democratic" communism.
Soldiers of the Tsar, Hardback (October 1985)» View all books by John L. H. Keep
Explores the military aspects of Russian society and the 'service state' from its 15th-century origins until its obsolescence in the age of mass conscription and mechanized warfare. The author examines the complex interplay of military and civilian elements in Russia's administration, the social and economic impact of the armed forces, and more.
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Author Biography - John L. H. Keep
Alter L. Litvin is professor of history and historiography at Kazan State University, Tatarstan. He has written many books dealing with the Russian civil war, the Volga region, and political terror, and has also helped to edit a number of documentary collections. He has won awards for his distinguished professional achievements. John L. H. Keep was from 1970 to 1988 a professor of history at the University of Toronto. He is author of works on the Russian revolution, the social history of the Russian army (15th-19th centuries), and the post-Stalin USSR. He recently translated and edited A.L. Litvin's Writing History in Twentieth Century Russia: A view from within.
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