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Soviet State and Society between Revolutions, 1918–1929

Soviet State and Society between Revolutions, 1918–1929

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  • Date Published: August 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521369879

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About the Authors
  • This is the first book to analyze the relationship between the Soviet state and society from the October Revolution of 1917 to the revolution under Stalin of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Professor Lewis Siegelbaum explores the evolution of the ruling Communist Party and its New Economic Policy and the changing fortunes of industrial workers, peasants, and the scientific and cultural intelligentsia. He demonstrates how these different actors sought to appropriate the promise of the 1917 Revolution for their own purposes, highlights the compromises they made, and explains why in the late 1920s these compromises started to break down.

    • The first book to analyse the relationship between state and society in the Soviet Union during its formative years
    • Written by a leading figure in Soviet history
    • The author opens up a new approach to the study of Soviet history by exploring political and social developments together
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this book is a most useful tool for refocusing the examination of Soviet Russia." J. Zimmerman, Choice

    "...a pioneering study of the interaction of Soviet state and society in the ideological, political, economic, and social spheres from 1918 to 1929....A short review cannot do justice to the merits of the book. As a work of synthesis, it combines brilliant and balanced conceptualization of the problems and tensions in Soviet state and society, a formidable command of the current scholarship on the period, and an agenda of topics for further research that will make use of recently opened Soviet archives." Thomas S. Pearson, The Historian

    "...a well-written and scrupulous synthesis of the abundant new scholarship on the 1920s....Siegelbaum recaptures the sense of directionless and uncertainty prevalent during the exacting interpretive guide." Stephen Kotkin, Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521369879
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    Russian terms and abbreviations
    1. Bequeathals of the Revolution, 1918–20
    2. The crisis of 1920–21
    3. The perils of retreat and recovery
    4. Living with NEP
    5. Dangers and opportunities
    Epilogue and conclusions

  • Author

    Lewis H. Siegelbaum, Michigan State University

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