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The Soviet century

Author: Moshe Lewin; Gregory Elliott
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In The Soviet Century Moshe Lewin traces the USSR's history in all its complexity, drawing widely upon previously unavailable archive material. Highlighting key factors such as demography, economics, culture and political repression, Lewin guides us through the inner workings of a system which is still barely understood. In the process, he overturns widely held beliefs about the USSR's leaders, the state - party

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Moshe Lewin; Gregory Elliott
ISBN: 1844670163 9781844670161 9780674011298 0674011295
OCLC Number: 55846694
Description: ix, 416 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Stalin knows where he wants to get to and is getting there --
Autonomization versus federation? (1922-3) --
Cadres into heretics --
The party and its apparaty --
Social flux and systemic paranoia --
The impact of collectivization --
Between legality and bacchanalia --
How did Stalin rule? --
The purges and their rationale --
The scale of the purges --
The camps and the industrial empire of the NKVD --
Endgame --
An agrarian despotism? --
E pur, si muove! --
The KGB and the political opposition --
The avalanche of urbanization --
The administrators : bruised but thriving --
Some leaders --
Kosygin and Andropov --
Lenin's time and worlds --
Backwardness and relapse --
Modernity with a twist --
Urbanization : successes and failures --
Labour force and demography : a conundrum --
The bureaucratic maze --
Telling the light from the shade? --
What was the Soviet system?
Responsibility: Moshe Lewin ; edited by Gregory Elliott.
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