The Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution (häftad)
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Bloomsbury Academic
Douds, Lara (ed.), Harris, James (ed.), Whitewood, Peter (ed.)
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The Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution (häftad)

The Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution

Illiberal Liberation, 1917-41

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How did a regime that promised utopian-style freedom end up delivering terror and tyranny? For some, the Bolsheviks were totalitarian and the descent was inevitable; for others, Stalin was responsible; for others still, this period in Russian history was a microcosm of the Cold War. The Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution reasons that these arguments are too simplistic. Rather, the journey from Bolshevik liberation to totalitarianism was riddled with unsuccessful experiments, compromises, confusion, panic, self-interest and over-optimism. As this book reveals, the emergence (and persistence) of the Bolshevik dictatorship was, in fact, the complicated product of a failed democratic transition. Drawing on long-ignored archival sources and original research, this fascinating volume brings together an international team of leading scholars to reconsider one of the most important and controversial questions of 20th-century history: how to explain the rise of the repressive Stalinist dictatorship.
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This superb volume provides unprecedented insight into the relationship between democracy and dictatorship in Bolshevik thought and political practice. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the Revolution and the origins and nature of Stalinism. * James Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, Cardiff University, UK * A close examination of the Bolshevik regime in theory and practice, this nuanced and enlightening volume identifies how the emancipatory promise of 1917 was first compromised and then transformed into one of the most brutal dictatorships of the 20th century. * David Brandenberger, Professor of History, University of Richmond, USA *

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Lara Douds is Vice-Chancellor's Fellow in History at Northumbria University, UK. She is the author of Inside Lenin's Government: Power, Ideology and Practice in the Early Soviet State (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). James Harris is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the Author of The Great Fear: Stalin's Terror of the 1930s (2016) and The Great Urals: Regionalism and the Evolution of the Soviet System (1999). He has edited multiple volumes on Soviet History, including The Anatomy of Terror: Political Violence under Stalin (2013) and Stalin's World: Dictating the Soviet Order (2014, co-edited with Sarah Davies). Peter Whitewood is Senior Lecturer of History at York St. John University, UK. He is the author of The Red Army and the Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Soviet Military (2015).


Introduction, Lara Douds (Durham University, UK), James R. Harris (University of Leeds, UK), and Peter Whitewood (York St. John University, UK) Part I. Bolshevik Ideology and Practice 1. Dictatorship Unlimited: Lenin on the State, March-November 1917, Erik Van Ree (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2. The Permanent Campaign and the Fate of Political Freedom in Russia, Lars Lih (McGill University, Canada) Part II. Workers' Democracy and Soviet State-Building 3. Local Government, Disorder, and the Origins of the Early Soviet State, 1917-1918, Dakota Irvin (University of North Carolina, USA) 4. Lenin's 'Living Link'? The Soviet Government Reception, 1917-1921, Lara Douds (Durham University, UK) 5. The Communist Party and the Late 1930s Soviet Democracy Campaigns: Origins and Outcomes, Yiannis Kokosalakis (University of Edinburgh, UK) Part III. Internal Party Democracy 6. Trotsky and the Questions of Agency, Democracy and Dictatorship in the USSR, 1917-1940, Ian Thatcher (Ulster University, UK) 7. The 1923 Opposition: Why Trotsky Could Not Win, James R. Harris (University of Leeds, UK) Part IV. Repression and Moderation 8. Controlling Repression, 1917-1937, J. Arch Getty (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) 9. Moderation and the Turn to Repression: Utopianism and Realpolitik in the Mid-1930s, Olga Velikanova (University of North Texas, USA) Part V. National Tensions and International Threats 10. Debating the Early Soviet Nationalities Policy: The Case of Soviet Ukraine, Olena Palko (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) 11. The International Situation: Fear of Invasion and Growing Authoritarianism, Peter Whitewood (York St. John University, UK) Part VI. Culture and Society: Experimentation and Control 12. The Bolshevik Revolution and the Enlightenment of the People, Sheila Fitzpatrick (University of Sydney, Australia) 13. Walking the Razor's Edge: Censorship and Literature in the 1920s, Polly Corrigan (King's College London, UK) 14. Revolutionary Participation, Youthful Civic-Mindedness, Andy Willimott (Reading University, UK) 15. Liberation and Limitation: The Early Soviet Campaign to 'Struggle with Prostitution', Siobhan Hearne (University of Latvia, Latvia) 16. The Birth of Violence: Soviet Canteens and the Soviet System, Francois-Xavier Nerard (Sorbonne Universite, France) Index