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Title:
Russia's bitter path to modernity : a history of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras
Author:
Chubarov, Alexander.
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Publication Information:
New York : Continuum, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
x, 318 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Continues: The fragile empire : a history of Imperial Russia.
Language:
English
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy022/2001042321.html
ISBN:
9780826413505
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Book

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Summary

In this history of Russia from 1917 to the present, Chubarov teases out themes developed in his previous book on tsarist Russia, The Fragile Empire (Continuum, 2000).


Author Notes

Alexander Chubarov is Senior Lecturer in Russian Studies at the School of International Studies and Law, Coventry University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
Part 1 The Backgroundp. 19
1. "Old Regime" Russiap. 21
Geopolitical Evolution of the Russian Statep. 21
Paradoxes of Tsarist Russiap. 23
2. Political Culturep. 31
"Too Asiatic for the Europeans and too European for the Asians"p. 32
Egalitarianism and Communalismp. 34
"Orthodoxy--Autocracy--Nationality"p. 36
Russian Contemporary Political Culturep. 38
3. Soviet Ideologyp. 41
Main Tenets of Classical Marxismp. 41
Marxism-Leninismp. 44
Marxism versus Human Naturep. 45
4. The Soviet Political Systemp. 50
Dictatorship of the Proletariatp. 50
"All Power to the Soviets!"p. 51
The Party of a New Typep. 52
The "Party-State"p. 54
The Nomenklaturap. 58
5. Soviet Nationalitiesp. 61
The "Red Federated Empire"p. 61
Sorting out the "Nationalities Question"p. 65
6. Serfdom--Capitalism--Socialismp. 72
Russia's Early Experience with Capitalismp. 72
Tsarist Industrializationp. 74
The Command Economyp. 76
Part 2 The Socialist Experimentp. 81
7. The Beginnings of the Socialist Transformationp. 83
Consolidating One-Party Dictatorshipp. 83
Civil War and War Communism: 1918-20p. 84
New Economic Policy: 1921-28p. 89
8. "Great Leap" to Socialismp. 92
The Rise of Stalinp. 92
The Industrialization Debate: 1925-28p. 94
Collectivization of Agriculturep. 97
9. Stalinismp. 101
Industrializationp. 101
Five-Year Plansp. 103
Characteristics of Stalinismp. 106
10. From World War to Cold Warp. 111
The Soviet-German Nonaggression Pactp. 111
The Great Patriotic War: 1941-45p. 115
Turning the Tidep. 119
Stalinism versus Fascismp. 122
The Onset of the Cold Warp. 125
11. Khrushchev and De-Stalinizationp. 130
Stalin's Legacyp. 130
The "Secret" Speechp. 133
"Khrushchevism"p. 138
12. Brezhnev's "Mature" Socialismp. 143
Advent of Brezhnevp. 143
Roots of Stagnationp. 145
The Soviet Declinep. 147
13. Cracks in the Soviet Monolithp. 151
Models of Soviet/Russian Powerp. 151
The Rise of Cultural and Academic Pluralismp. 154
Dissidencep. 159
Totalitarianism with Corporatist and Pluralist Subsystemsp. 163
Part 3 From Reform Socialism to Deformed Capitalismp. 167
14. The Command Economy in Crisisp. 169
Internal and External Pressures for Economic Reformp. 169
Gorbachev's Perestroikap. 171
Perestroika's Economic Strategies and Their Resultsp. 174
15. The Collapse of the Political Systemp. 179
"Democratization" and "New Thinking"p. 179
The Course of Political Reformp. 181
Results of Political Reformp. 187
16. Unraveling the Unitary Statep. 190
The Rise of Popular and Nationalist Movementsp. 190
Key Factors in the USSR's Collapsep. 194
17. Return to a Market Economyp. 198
"Shock Therapy" and Its Consequencesp. 198
Nomenklatura Privatizationp. 203
"Crony Capitalism"p. 205
18. Handicaps of Russia's Capitalist Transformationp. 210
The Role of National Characteristicsp. 210
The "Survival" Economyp. 214
19. The Yeltsin Erap. 219
"Democrator"p. 219
Parties and Electionsp. 224
Yeltsin's Legacyp. 231
20. Russia in Search of an Identityp. 237
The Commonwealth of Independent Statesp. 237
Post-Soviet Geopoliticsp. 239
Russian Federalismp. 243
The Chechen Problemp. 246
21. Prospects for the New Centuryp. 254
Who Is Putin?p. 254
Recentralizing the Statep. 259
"Deprivatizing" the Statep. 263
"Controlled" Democracyp. 269
Notesp. 277
Selected Bibliography of English-Language Sourcesp. 285
Selected Bibliography of Russian-Language Sourcesp. 302
Indexp. 311

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