Across the Revolutionary Divide: Russia and the USSR 1861-1945 offers a broad interpretive account of Russian history from the emancipation of the serfs to the end of World War II. * Provides a coherent overview of Russia's development from 1861 through to 1945 * Reflects the latest scholarship by taking a thematic approach to Russian history and bridging the revolutionary divide of 1917 * Covers political, economic, cultural, and everyday life issues during a period of major changes in Russian history * Addresses throughout the diversity of national groups, cultures, and religions in the Russian Empire and USSR * Shows how the radical policies adopted after 1917 both changed Russia and perpetuated an economic and political rigidity that continues to influence modern society
Theodore R. Weeks is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is author of Nation and State in Late Imperial Russia (1996) and From Assimilation to Antisemitism: The Jewish Question in Poland, 1855 to 1914 (2006).
Illustrations viii Series Editor s Preface ix Acknowledgments xii Introduction 1 1. Politics 18 2. Society 53 3. Nations 87 4. Modernization 117 5. Belief 147 6. World 175 7. Culture 204 Conclusion 234 Timeline 248 Notes 252 Select Bibliography 269 Index 275