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Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  136 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
"The Soviet Tragedy is an essential coda to the literature of Soviet studies...Insofar as [he] returns the power of ideology to its central place in Soviet history, Malia has made an enormous contribution. He has written the history of a utopian illusion and the tragic consequences it had for the people of the Soviet Union and the world."
-- David Remnick, The New York Re
Paperback, 592 pages
Published November 14th 1995 by Free Press (first published 1994)
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Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I normally am cautious with negative reviews, even more when I see that they are a minority. But in this case I do think that most readers overlook major shortcomings of this book. Someone else, and no one less than Ianni Kotsonis, summarized them best.

(Re)consider what you think about this book by first reading his review essay: Ianni Kotsonis, “The Ideology of Martin Malia,” The Russian Review, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Jan., 1999), pp. 124–130. Shorter version of similar thoughts: Review by Robert Leg
Feb 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
An undertaking, to be sure, but if you can get through this mountain of the political life of the Soviet Union, you may find yourself with a new outlook, thanks to Malia's convincing attempt to undermine the idea that popular revolution lead to the establishment of Communism in Russia. He contends that the coup to establish democratic Socialism lost out to oligarchy and that Stalin's successors spent their careers scrambling to reform, yet also preserve the legacy of Stalin and his era of charis ...more
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Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An insightful analysis of the logic of Soviet history. Malia not only examines both internal Russian and external international circumstances that led first to the creation of Soviet state and its further development and fall, he also traces how the Communist ideology determined the actions of Soviet leaders in said circumstances. His view is that the trajectory of Soviet development was defined primarily by this ideology.
Marina Schulz
A very fixed anti-Soviet buyist. Well explained, but I doubt it's the whole truth. Especially interesting from Stalin's death onwards, because until that point I feel I learnt no new information. The description of the times posterior to that, as well as the moments leading up to the collapse of the URSS were far more informative and interesting.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rather decent (albeit brief) summary of the life of the USSR. Only criticism I have is that it didn't adequately discuss the USSR losing money by propping up their European puppet governments (E Germany, Poland, etc).
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Worth the read for the last chapter and epilogue. Balanced summary.
John Devlin
Apr 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Dry, but authoritative in chronicling the failure of state sponsored socialism in Russia.
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Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Pisana trochę w formie przeintelektualizowanej rozprawki, minimalne błędy rzeczowe. Dosyć słabo opisane lata ,,panowania" Nikity Siergiejowicza i Leonida Ilicza, szkoda.
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Epopeja - tento výraz mi neustále prechádzal mysľou ako som ja prechádzal textom Martina Malia. Jej veľkosť i hĺbka sú krásnym symbolom ako odpovedať na otázku, čo je to sovietsky komunizmus. Ak si niekto myslí, že sa na to dá jednoducho odpovedať a pochopiť do pár vetami, či minútami, kolosálne sa mýli.

Autor prezentuje do detailov príchod, fungovanie a kolaps komunizmu v Rusku. Mňa zaujal názor, že to bol monumentálny sociologický pokus, ktorý chceli komunisti zrealizovať stoj, čo stoj. Bola t
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