Endurance and Endeavour: Russian History, 1812-1992

Endurance and Endeavour: Russian History, 1812-1992

Endurance and Endeavour: Russian History, 1812-1992

Endurance and Endeavour: Russian History, 1812-1992

Synopsis

Eighteen Twelve and After The Russia of Nicholas I Tsar and Serf Thaw From Bombs to Pogroms Russia in Asia 1917 The Civil War Disputes and Decisions The Thirties The Great Patriotic War Consolidation or Ossification? The Khrushchev Revival The Brezhnev Regime Infirmity From the Red Flag to the Double-Headed Eagle

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Although this Fourth Edition is much enlarged, the purpose of the book remains the same; that is, to provide as much information as possible, readably and reliably. As before, the author hopes that many readers will regard its narrative chapters simply as an introduction to the long Bibliography that follows them, in which the number of titles now approaches one thousand, evidence both of the interest in the subject and of the research that is still being pursued. The practice of slipping items of fact and opinion into the Bibliography has been continued, partly because it encourages the reader to look at those pages and partly because it provides a place for material that would fit awkwardly into the main text.

This edition has an extra chapter to cover the Gorbachev years. The revelations of those years provided new detail but it has not been necessary to revise the judgements of the book, because western historians already had an accurate knowledge of what had been going on. However, in this edition, thanks to that new openness, it has been possible to dispense with scores of protective devices of the 'probably', 'perhaps', and 'it would seem' type.

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