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The Soviet Century

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The USSR may no longer exist, but its history remains highly relevant—perhaps today more so than ever. Yet it is a history which for a long time proved impossible to write, not simply due to the lack of accessible documentation, but also because it lay at the heart of an ideological confrontation which obscured the reality of the Soviet regime.

In The Soviet Century, Moshe
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Hardcover, 407 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by Verso (first published 2005)
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Matt Brady
Aug 20, 2015 Matt Brady rated it really liked it
This isn't a book for beginners. There's an assumption that the reader has a certain level of knowledge about the Soviet Union, which I do not possess, so it was heavy going for me but very much worth the effort.

Lewin's main focus is on institutions. The Party, the Ministries, the trade unions and how the bureaucracy rapidly grew in importance until it, and not the General Secretary or the Politburo, came to run the state. Using a wealth of new records and data Lewin shows that even under the s
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Jun 05, 2014 Amu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mielenkiintoinen analyysi Neuvosto-Venäjästä (ei niinkään Neuvostoliitosta, vaikka nimi antaa niin ymmärtää). Tarkastelu keskittyy hallintoon ja talouteen.
Lynn
May 12, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
I found the author's overview of how radically Stalin undermined nearly all of the priciples of communism after Lenin's death very informative. It makes sense of much of what happened in the country's later development. I think too that Lewin is right to insist we now begin to look at what the Soviet Union really was, rather than what our Cold War preconceptions want to see. Unless we see it in its own context - rather than divorced from the Russian past and existing only in relation to the 20th ...more
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May 27, 2014 Jayden gonzalez rated it it was amazing
honest bourgeois history, its tough on stalin so you dont have to be.
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Jun 28, 2009 P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quite insightful piece of revisionist history.
It took me for ever to finish it because some parts are just so dense. However, there is quite a lot to learn from it if read patiently.
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