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Russia in the Twentieth Century

The quest for stability, 1st Edition

By David R. Marples


392 pages

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Paperback: 9781408228227
pub: 2010-08-31
Hardback: 9781138425347
pub: 2017-06-29

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The history of Russia, as the natural successor to the Soviet Union, is of crucial importance to understanding why communism ultimately lost out to Western democracy and the free market system. David Marples presents a balanced overview of 20th century Russian history and shows that although contemporary Russia has retained many of the practices and memories of the Soviet period, it is not about to revert back to the Soviet example.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: From Tsarism to Revolution: 1894-1917

Chapter 2: The October Revolution: 1917-1921

Chapter 3: NEP and the Rise of Stalin: 1921-1928

Chapter 4: Collectivization, Industrialization, and the Great Purge, 1929-1940

Chapter 5: The Great Patriotic War and Aftermath: 1941-1953

Chapter 6: Khrushchev’s Reforms, 1953-1964; and Postwar Foreign Policy

Chapter 7: The Brezhnev Regime and its Successors: 1964-1984

Chapter 8: Gorbachev, Glasnost, and Perestroika: 1985-1991

Chapter 9: From Yeltsin to Putin: Russia’s Decline and Recovery, 1992-2008



About the Author

David R. Marples is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Canada. He is author of twelve books on contemporary Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, including Lenin's Revolution: Russia 1917-1921 (2000) and The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991 (2004).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century