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Socialism Betrayed: Behind The Collapse Of The Soviet Union

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For Francis Fukuyama and others, the collapse of the Soviet Union was evidence for "the end of history" and the almost Hegelian triumph of capitalist liberalism. For the authors of this work, however, it instead represented the disappearance of a counterweight to colonialism and imperialism. They ask whether the Soviet demise was indeed inevitable, as the triumphalist righ ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by International Publishers
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Dee
Jan 10, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it
This excellent account of the collapse of the Soviet Union is both written in an accessible and compelling style.

The two authors argue that a "second economy," founded by the peasantry then developing under Khrushchev and Gorbachev, was the main motive force for a burgeoning petit bourgeois stratum that fed social democratic and counterrevolutionary movements to infect the CPSU with perestroika, glasnost, and the 1989-1991 counterrevolutions. It is a solid Marxist interpretation of the counterre
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Ryan
Mar 05, 2013 Ryan rated it really liked it
This is a very thoroughly-researched book and the wealth of data used makes it a worthwhile resource to anyone studying the reasons for the fall of the USSR. Although readers who do not subscribe to Marxism-Leninism (and even many who do) will likely take issue with some of the analyses made and conclusions drawn by the authors, this by no means should discredit the work as a valuable source of information. Keeran & Kenny demonstrate how economic conditions throughout the USSR's history crea ...more
Doni
For a supposedly Marxist-Leninist analysis, Keeran and Kenny certainly give a lot of weight to the individual. "We're not saying it's Gorbachev, but it's Gorbachev."
Jayden gonzalez
havent read it yet. i have a feeling its revisionist who did it though

edit: it was.
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Roger Keeran (or Roger Roy Keeran / Roger R. Keeran) is an American historian and university professor who taught successively at Cornell, Princeton, Rutgers and the New York State University (SUNY). A specialist of Labor and Policy studies, he published, in 1980, The Communist Party and the Auto Workers' Unions and, in 2004, with co-author Thomas Kenny, Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of ...more
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