skip to content
The dream that failed : reflections on the Soviet Union Preview this item
ClosePreview this item

The dream that failed : reflections on the Soviet Union

Author: Walter Laqueur; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The Dream that Failed offers an authoritative assessment of the Soviet era - from the triumph of Lenin to the fall of Gorbachev. In recent years, decades of conventional wisdom about the U.S.S.R. have been swept away, while a flood of evidence from Russian archives demands new thinking about old assumptions. This inquiry is conducted on the grand scale: the author explains how the Bolsheviks won the struggle for  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Laqueur, Walter, 1921-
Dream that failed.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)756455629
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Laqueur; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0195089782 9780195089783 0195102827 9780195102826
OCLC Number: 30110403
Description: ix, 231 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The age of enthusiasm --
1917: The Russia we lost? --
The fall of the Soviet Union --
Totalitarianism --
Sovietology: an epitaph (I) --
Sovietology: an epitaph (II) --
How many victims? --
The nationalist revival? --
East Germany: a case study.
Responsibility: Walter Laqueur.
More information:

Abstract:

This study attempts to answer those crucial questions intriguing historians and observers of the world scene, such as: why was there a revolution in Russia?; why did the revolutionary regime last so  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"Once again, Laqueur, the author of numerous books and articles on Communist affairs and other aspects of contemporary history, tells us much that is truly worth knowing about a topic of genuine Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/30110403> # The dream that failed : reflections on the Soviet Union
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "30110403" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> ; # New York
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210281> ; # Soviet Union.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Thing/union_of_soviet_socialist_republics> ; # Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/staatssozialismus> ; # Staatssozialismus
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Place/sowjetunion> ; # Sowjetunion.
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1060777> ; # Philosophy
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/politische_theorie> ; # Politische Theorie
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Place/urss> ; # URSS
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Event/geschichte> ; # Geschichte.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/geschichte> ; # Geschichte
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/politisches_system> ; # Politisches System
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/sowjetologie> ; # Sowjetologie
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/politische_philosophie> ; # Politische Philosophie
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/zusammenbruch> ; # Zusammenbruch
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/947.084/e20/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/marxismus_leninismus> ; # Marxismus-Leninismus
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/political_science> ; # Political Science
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Place/soviet_union> ; # Soviet Union
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:contributor <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Organization/rogers_d_spotswood_collection> ; # Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
   schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/108248727> ; # Walter Laqueur
   schema:datePublished "1994" ;
   schema:description "The Dream that Failed offers an authoritative assessment of the Soviet era - from the triumph of Lenin to the fall of Gorbachev. In recent years, decades of conventional wisdom about the U.S.S.R. have been swept away, while a flood of evidence from Russian archives demands new thinking about old assumptions. This inquiry is conducted on the grand scale: the author explains how the Bolsheviks won the struggle for power in 1917; how they captured the commitment of a young generation of Russians; why the idealism faded as Soviet power grew; how the system ultimately collapsed; and why Western experts have been wrong about the Communist system. Thoughtful and incisive, Laqueur reflects on the early enthusiasm of foreign observers and Bolshevik revolutionaries for the new Soviet order, then takes a piercing look at the totalitarian nature of the regime. He demonstrates how Communist society stagnated during the 1960s and '70s, while the economy wobbled to the brink; how Western observers, from academic experts to CIA analysts, made wildly optimistic estimates of Moscow's economic and political strength. Just weeks before the U.S.S.R. disappeared from the earth, some scholars were confidently predicting the survival of the Soviet Union. But in underscoring the rot and repression, he also notes that the Communist state did not necessarily have to fall when it did, and he examines the many factors behind the collapse (such as ethnic nationalism and the rigors of an accelerated arms race during the 1980s). Many of these same problems continued to shape the future of Russia and other successor states, and a second coming of national Communism, albeit in a different guise, cannot be ruled out. Only now, in the rubble of this lost empire, is it possible to gain a deeper understanding of the Soviet regime, its early achievements, its crimes and its ultimate disaster. In The Dream that Failed, the result of years of research and reflection, Walter Laqueur sheds fresh light on a central episode in our turbulent century."@en ;
   schema:description "The age of enthusiasm -- 1917: The Russia we lost? -- The fall of the Soviet Union -- Totalitarianism -- Sovietology: an epitaph (I) -- Sovietology: an epitaph (II) -- How many victims? -- The nationalist revival? -- East Germany: a case study."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/795786175> ;
   schema:genre "History"@en ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/756455629> ;
   schema:name "The dream that failed : reflections on the Soviet Union"@en ;
   schema:productID "30110403" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/30110403#PublicationEvent/new_york_oxford_university_press_1994> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Agent/oxford_university_press> ; # Oxford University Press
   schema:url <http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0640/94014539-t.html> ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780195089783> ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780195102826> ;
   umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GB9530073> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/30110403> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> # New York
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "New York" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Agent/oxford_university_press> # Oxford University Press
    a bgn:Agent ;
   schema:name "Oxford University Press" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Organization/rogers_d_spotswood_collection> # Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
    a schema:Organization ;
   schema:name "Rogers D. Spotswood Collection." ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Thing/union_of_soviet_socialist_republics> # Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    a schema:Thing ;
   schema:name "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/marxismus_leninismus> # Marxismus-Leninismus
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Marxismus-Leninismus"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/795786175#Topic/politische_philosophie> # Politische Philosophie
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Politische Philosophie"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1060777> # Philosophy
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Philosophy"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210281> # Soviet Union.
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Soviet Union." ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/108248727> # Walter Laqueur
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1921" ;
   schema:familyName "Laqueur" ;
   schema:givenName "Walter" ;
   schema:name "Walter Laqueur" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780195089783>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0195089782" ;
   schema:isbn "9780195089783" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780195102826>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0195102827" ;
   schema:isbn "9780195102826" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/756455629>
    a schema:CreativeWork ;
   rdfs:label "Dream that failed." ;
   schema:description "Online version:" ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/30110403> ; # The dream that failed : reflections on the Soviet Union
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.