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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."
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by iUniverse.com (first published June 1st 2004)
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Dee
Jan 10, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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jsewellmcevoy
Apr 22, 2016 jsewellmcevoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of the final years of the Soviet Union, providing some interesting foreshadowing of Gorbachev by examining earlier modernisers such as Bukharin and Khruschev, and also recounting the tragedy of Andropov's early death. The book tries hard to put the changes made by Gorbachev into the context of the times (Reagan, Thatcher, etc), and this works for the early years of 1985-87; after that, however, Gorbachev seemed to be determined on a planned demolition of the planned economy o ...more
Ryan
Mar 05, 2013 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2012 Doni added it
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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