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.
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).
Foreword Glossary 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 Bibliography Index