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By Peter Kenez

ISBN-10: 0521864372

ISBN-13: 9780521864374

An exam of political, social and cultural advancements within the Soviet Union. The e-book identifies the social tensions and political inconsistencies that spurred radical swap within the executive of Russia, from the flip of the century to the revolution of 1917. Kenez envisions that revolution as a obstacle of authority that posed the query, 'Who shall govern Russia?' this question used to be resolved with the production of the Soviet Union. Kenez lines the improvement of the Soviet Union from the Revolution, during the Twenties, the years of the recent financial rules and into the Stalinist order. He indicates how post-Stalin Soviet leaders struggled to discover how you can rule the rustic with no utilizing Stalin's equipment but additionally with out overtly repudiating the prior, and to barter a calm yet antipathetic coexistence with the capitalist West. during this re-creation, he additionally examines the post-Soviet interval, tracing Russia's improvement as much as the current day.

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As the experience of the Bolsheviks in 1918 demonstrated, the Russians could not have obtained peace terms from the Germans acceptable to the politically powerful. The Germans regarded themselves as victors and they were in no mood to compromise. The first political crisis came in April. ” The publication of this note in the newspapers caused a storm of indignation. The government’s policy obviously contradicted the announced principles of the The Revolution, 1917–1921 21 leaders of the soviet, who regarded the publication of the note as a challenge.

Before the revolution, socialist and liberal intellectuals believed that the commune was a disappearing remnant of the past. But now that the peasants had acquired some power over their own lives, these institutions received a new lease on life. Confiscation of landlord land was not done by individuals, but by the peasant communes, which then divided the land among their members. Unauthorized land seizures and attacks on landlord property began in May and grew ever more threatening during the summer.

For the first time the soldiers and workers of the city showed themselves to be more radical than the socialist leadership of the Soviet. The troubles started when a regiment, fearing it would be sent to the front, mutinied. Soon the soldiers were joined by workers, and for a while the survival of the entire dual system of government was in doubt. The government, supported by the soviet leadership, succeeded in bringing fresh troops to Petrograd and reestablished order. In the aftermath of this affair, Prince Lvov resigned and Kerensky finally became premier.

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