By Richard Sakwa
This indispensable text offers a complete history and politics of the Soviet period in one affordable volume. Thoroughly revised and updated, it builds on the previous edition's comprehensive and accessible exploration of the Soviet system, from its rise in 1919 to its collapse in 1991. The book is divided into five parts, each of which focuses on key aspects of Soviet politics, including: * a new section evaluating Soviet rule, and reasons for its collapse * historical perspectives from the Tsarist regime to Gorbachev's attempts to revive the system * institutions of Government, such as the Communist Party and the military * theoretical approaches to Soviet politics, including class and gender politics, the role of ideology and the shift from dissent to pluralism * key policy areas such as the command economy and reform and foreign and defence policy. This new edition also comes with a complete breakdown of key sources and bibliographies for further reading.