A Very Short Introduction: The Russian Revolution

This concise book provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the social effect of the revolution and explores how one structure of domination was replaced by another. It also seeks an alternative interpretation of the revolution to the currently influential, liberal one, rooted in the contradictions of a society that sought modernisation and enlightenment.

 

$19.95

About this item

Weight 0.165 kg
Dimensions 17.5 × 11 × 1 cm
Author/s

Stephen A. Smith

ISBN

9780192853950

Released

2002

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Length

192 pages

Audience

students, teachers

Format

print book

Note: This item is currently out of stock and is expected February 2021.

The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction is an accessible introduction to the Russian Revolution that provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the effect of the revolution on society as a whole—on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, and youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another. The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favour of one that sees it rooted in the contradictions of a backward society, which sought modernisation and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny.