Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union
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Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union

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"A fresh multi-faceted look at the overthrow of the Soviet State, the dismemberment of the Soviet Union, and the campaign to introduce capitalism from above. Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny have given us a clear and powerful Marxist analysis of the momentous events which most directly shaped world politics today, the destruction of the USSR, the 'Superpower' of socialism."
Paperback, 340 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by (first published June 1st 2004)
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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...more
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
Adam Fangman
A wonderful and provocative overview of the causes for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Especially interesting for the stark contrasts it shows between each of the rapidly replaced post-Brezhnev Soviet leaders. Recommended.
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

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