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: Khrushchevs 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: Russias Decline and Recovery, 1992-2008
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).