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By Sheila Fitzpatrick

The Russian Revolution had a decisive influence at the historical past of the 20 th century. Now, following the cave in of the Soviet regime and the outlet of its information, it truly is attainable to step again and notice the complete photo of this occasion for the 1st time.

Impeccable in its scholarship and objectivity, this magnificent quantity tells the gripping tale of a Marxist revolution that used to be meant to rework the realm, yet in its place visited huge, immense ache at the Russian humans, and, just like the French Revolution earlier than it, ended up devouring its personal teenagers. the writer deals insightful descriptions of the February and October Revolutions of 1917, the Civil struggle, the interlude of NEP, Stalin's "revolution from above," many of the Five-Year Plans, and the nice Purges--all handled as discrete episodes in a twenty-year means of revolution. The publication comprises information from records that have been formerly inaccessible not just to Western but in addition to Soviet historians, in addition to drawing on vital fresh Russian guides equivalent to the memoirs of 1 of the nice survivors of Soviet politics, Vyacheslav Molotov. within the decide on Bibliography, the writer highlights an important of the hot scholarly works, directing readers to the burgeoning Western scholarship at the Russian Revolution within the final ten to 15 years.

Shelia Fitzpatrick is an across the world identified specialist on Soviet heritage. This vigorous and readable Third Edition makes use of newly to be had Soviet archival fabric and the newest Russian and Western study to supply an authoritative, compact account of 1 of the major occasions of recent history.

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