The Russian Revolution, 1917

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 2005 - History - 347 pages
Rex Wade presents an account of one of the pivotal events of modern history, combining his own long study of the revolution with the best of contemporary scholarship. Within an overall narrative that provides a clear description of the 1917 revolution, he introduces several new approaches on its political history and the complexity of the October Revolution. Wade clears away many of the myths and misconceptions that have clouded studies of the period. He also gives due space to the social history of the revolution and incorporates people and places too often left out of the story, including women, national minority peoples, and peasantry front soldiers, enabling a more complete history to emerge. The 2005 second edition of this highly readable book has been thoroughly revised and expanded. It will prove invaluable reading to anyone interested in Russian history.
 

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Contents

The coming of the revolution
1
The February Revolution
29
Political realignment and the new political system
53
The aspirations of Russian society
88
The peasants and the purposes of revolution
129
The nationalities identity and opportunity
146
The summer of discontents
172
All Power to the Soviets
208
The Bolsheviks take power
235
The Constituent Assembly and the purposes of power
258
Conclusions
287
Notes
307
Further reading
323
Index
339
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About the author (2005)

Rex A. Wade is Professor of Russian History at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Russian history.