The Russian Revolution

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OUP Oxford, Feb 28, 2008 - History - 240 pages
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The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full picture. This fully updated new edition of Sheila Fitzpatrick's classic short history of the Russian Revolution takes into account the new archival and other evidence that has come to light since then, incorporating material that was previously inaccessible not only to Western but also to Soviet historians Starting with an overview of the roots of the revolution, Fitzpatrick takes the story from 1917, through Stalin's 'revolution from above', to the great purges of the 1930s. She tells a gripping story of a Marxist revolution that was intended to transform the world, visited enormous suffering on the Russian people, and, like the French Revolution before it, ended up by devouring its own children.

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Review: The Russian Revolution 1917-1932

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A shorter summary of the Revolution which is extremely readable. Read full review

Review: The Russian Revolution 1917-1932

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The Russian Revolutionair in a nutshell. Fitzpatrick's tried to be objective but with a subject like this it's almost impossible. The Bolshevik Octobere Revolutionair was nothing but an ordinary coup ... Read full review

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1 The Setting
The Revolutions of February and October
3 The Civil War
4 NEP and the Future of the Revolution
5 Stalins Revolution
6 Ending the Revolution
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Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago, specializing in Modern Russian and Soviet social, political, and cultural history. A past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the recipient of a Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award, her other publications include Everyday Stalinism and Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia.