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By Peter Kenez

This concise but entire textbook examines political, social, and cultural advancements within the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet interval. It starts off by way of settling on the social tensions and political inconsistencies that spurred radical swap in Russia's executive, from the flip of the century to the revolution of 1917. Peter Kenez provides this revolution as a obstacle of authority that the construction of the Soviet Union resolved. The textual content lines the growth of the Soviet Union in the course of the Twenties, the years of the recent monetary guidelines, and into the Stalinist order. It illustrates how post-Stalin Soviet leaders struggled to discover how you can rule the rustic with out utilizing Stalin's tools - but additionally with out brazenly repudiating the previous - and to barter a calm yet antipathetic coexistence with the capitalist West. This up to date 3rd version comprises massive new fabric, discussing the demanding situations Russia at present faces within the period of Putin.

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