The Russian Revolution (OPUS)

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This book is concerned with the Russian Revolution in its widest sense - not only with the events of 1917 and what preceded them, but with the nature of the social transformation brought about by the Bolsheviks after they took power. Professor Fitzpatrick's analysis extends through the period of the Civil War and the New Economic Policy up to Stalin's `revolution from above' at the beginning of the 1930s. Her account confronts the key questions: what did the dictatorship of the proletariat really mean in practice? And was Lenin's revolution, in the hands of Stalin, accomplished - or betrayed? This new edition contains more information than the previous one on the Great Purges, and draws on much hitherto unavailable material from secret Soviet archives and unpublished memoirs. This book is intended for supplementary reading for courses on twentieth-century Russian history; students and readers interested in the Russian revolution.

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Sheila Fitzpatrick is Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

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Review from previous edition A lucid and indeed instantly classic explanation of the revolutionary spirit in its pre-1917 and Lenin-then-Stalin dominated stages Tribune A welcome new edition of this classic history, a triumph of concision and incise analysis by a scholar who knows more than almost anyone about the early years of the Soviet system. Orlando Figes, Birkbeck College, London, and author of A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 A succinct, insightful, and highly original interpretation of the Russian Revolution as a process of social transformation lasting from 1917 to 1937... Fitzpatrick gives us a challenging rethinking that will shape our discussions for years to come. Ronald Suny, University of Michigan A beautiful little introduction to the topic. This is a fine work for introductory students, as well as for general readers looking for a window into the Russian enigma. Robert V. Daniels, University of Vermont

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