The Origins of the Russian Revolution, 1861-1917

The Origins of the Russian Revolution, 1861-1917

The Origins of the Russian Revolution, 1861-1917

The Origins of the Russian Revolution, 1861-1917

Synopsis

Alan Wood provides a concise introduction to the Russian Revolution and its origins dating back to the emancipation of the Russian peasant serfs in 1861. The third edition of this successful pamphlet brings the historiography up to date to include the multitude of research in the last ten years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening up of the archives.

Excerpt

Since the first edition of this pamphlet was published in 1987, dramatic, and at that time unpredictable, changes have taken place in the former Soviet Union, a nation which was created by the revolutionary upheavals of 1917 and the Bolshevik victory in the ensuing Civil War (1918-22). In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and inaugurated a programme of far-ranging economic and institutional restructuring (perestroika), and a policy of 'openness' and freedom of information (glasnost) unprecedented in Soviet experience. By 1991 his reforms had generated so much social discontent, political dissatisfaction, economic chaos and ethnic unrest in the non-Russian Republics, that in August of that year a cabal of 'hard line' politicians attempted to launch a putsch against him, placed him under house arrest, and declared a state of national emergency. The putsch was defeated, but in the whirlwind of political transformation that followed, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was obliterated, Gorbachev was forced to resign, and the USSR was formally abolished. The Soviet period of Russian history was over.

This situation of revolutionary change and uncertainty, which is still going on inside present-day Russia, has had a profound impact on the way in which the history of the 1917 Revolutions is now understood, studied and taught in the country where it took place. Some of the new theories, circumstances and perspectives in the rewriting of the Russian Revolutions are discussed in a completely

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