Lenin and Stalin stand as two giants in the history of Russia. In this Studymate Rob Johnson takes the reader through the key events that shaped the major Communist State and explains how ideologues propagated an exclusive and determinist worldview. The result was World War and decades of oppression. Only now as the Soviet Union slips into history can this perspective be truly appreciated. This Studymate will explain the key ideas and events that shaped Communism in Russia, the myths that were created by the communists to conceal the truth and how historians have responded
Dr Robert Johnson teaches at a major UK university. He is the author of British History, European History, Warfare and Hitler and Nazi Germany, all published by Studymates.
1 Introduction: the rewriting of Russian history 2 Russia under the Tsars 3 Marxism, Leninism and the early Bolshevik Party 4 The Crucible of Russia's Problems 1905-1917 5 The February Revolution and the Provisional Government 6 The October Revolution and the establishment of Bolshevik Power 7 The Russian Civil War 8 The economy and the consolidation of communism 9 The Lenin dictatorship and the rise of Stalin 10 Stalin's economic progress 11 The Great Terror 12 Conquest and subversion 13 Stalinism and the Cold War Glossary, useful addresse