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Description - Twentieth Century Russia by Donald W. Treadgold

Donald Treadgold was one of the most distinguished Russian historians of his generation. His Twentieth Century Russia, a standard text in colleges and universities for several decades, has been regularly revised and expanded to reflect new events and scholarship. The present revision, by Professor Herbert Ellison, contains a major chapter on the Yeltsin era, and brings the Russian story to the final year of the century. Twice in the twentieth century the collapse of the Russian state and empire has been followed by an effort to build a democracy on the Western model. The first effort succumbed within a few months to Lenins communist revolution, whose ideas and institutions dominated the history of Russia, and eventually much of the world, during the succeeding seventy-four years. In August 1991, an attempt by Soviet leaders to suppress democratic and nationalist movements unleashed by the Gorbachev reforms, and already victorious in Eastern Europe, precipitated instead an anti-communist revolution under the leadership of Boris Yeltsin. The revolution, and the sweeping transformation that followed, are treated in the new edition, which assesses the aims and scope of the first decade of Russias second revolution. The transformation included a new constitutional structure, two fully democratic parliamentary elections and a presidential election (with another of each soon to come), a vigorous revival of political parties and political debate, and major questions about Russias political future. Against the broad background of the Russian experience over a turbulent century, it raises the major questions: What are the prospects for Russian democracy? Why are the communists, following an anti-communist revolution, the most powerful parliamentary party in Russias new parliament, and what is their impact? Why has the conversion to a market economy proved so difficult and painful, and what are its prospects? How has Russia related to the new states that were once fellow republics of the USSR? Why has the foreign policy of the new Russian democracy moved from a vision of partnership with the US to a reality of conflict and confrontation?Twentieth Century Russia poses these questions, and many more, for the student and the general reader alike, against the fascinating background of Russias experience before, during and since the era of communist rule, exploring the roots of current developments in the communist and pre-communist past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813336725
ISBN-10: 0813336724
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 5-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Donald W. Treadgold

Donald W. Treadgold was professor of Russian history in the History Department and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington. He was the author of Lenin and His Rivals, The Great Siberian Migration, The West in Russia and China (2 vols.), and A History of Christianity, a long-time editor of The Slavic Review, and editor and contributor to many books and journals on Russian history and other issues. Herbert J. Ellison is professor of Russian history in the History Department and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington. He is the author of History of Russia, and editor and contributor to Sino-Soviet Conflict in Global Perspective, Soviet Policy toward Western Europe, and Japan and the Pacific Quadrille. He has also written an extensive list of book chapters and articles on Russian history and foreign policy. He is currently writing a book on Russia in the Yeltsin era. Donald W. Treadgold was professor of Russian history in the History Department and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington. He was the author of Lenin and His Rivals, The Great Siberian Migration, The West in Russia and China (2 vols.), and A History of Christianity, a long-time editor of The Slavic Review, and editor and contributor to many books and journals on Russian history and other issues. Herbert J. Ellison is professor of Russian history in the History Department and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington. He is the author of History of Russia, and editor and contributor to Sino-Soviet Conflict in Global Perspective, Soviet Policy toward Western Europe, and Japan and the Pacific Quadrille. He has also written an extensive list of book chapters and articles on Russian history and foreign policy. He is currently writing a book on Russia in the Yeltsin era.

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