A Short History of Soviet Socialism

A Short History of Soviet Socialism

A Short History of Soviet Socialism

A Short History of Soviet Socialism

Synopsis

This is an introductory survey of the changing character of Soviet socialism since the 1917 revolution, providing an ideological perspective on the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Excerpt

This book has grown out of my personal attempts to understand and make sense of the Soviet period of Russian history from 1917-91, and the subsequent hours spent trying to communicate this to numerous students of mine. The contours of such a project—a broad, interpretive appraisal of the Soviet period—inevitably means that I owe a great debt to numerous scholars who have trodden this path before me, many of whom it is not possible to acknowledge in a direct way. The present book would not have been possible without the help and inspiration of many friends and colleagues. I would like to take this opportunity to note my gratitude to a whole range of teachers who helped to nurture my interest in history in general, and in Russia in particular: Gwynne Lewis, Chris Read, David Washbrook, Maureen Perrie, Bob Davies, Ron Amann. I have been particularly fortunate to work in a history department at De Montfort University with colleagues who have been constantly supportive, friendly and an inspiration to me. To David Ryan, Nick Carter, Panikos Panayi, Jason McDonald, John Martin, Chris Goldsmith, Pierre Lanfranchi, Matt Taylor, Daryl Adair, lan Spencer, David Thorns, Wray Vamplew, and David Sadler, many thanks. A special note of thanks to David and Ed, who were so generous with their time, and whose suggestions and criticisms were invaluable in improving this work. Any flaws and errors remain the full responsibility of the present author. At UCL, Aisling Ryan has been a supportive

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