A History of the Soviet Union by Peter Kenez

By Peter Kenez

An exam of political, social and cultural advancements within the Soviet Union. The publication identifies the social tensions and political inconsistencies that spurred radical swap within the executive of Russia, from the flip of the century to the revolution of 1917. Kenez envisions that revolution as a main issue of authority that posed the query, 'Who shall govern Russia?' this query used to be resolved with the production of the Soviet Union. Kenez lines the improvement of the Soviet Union from the Revolution, throughout the Nineteen Twenties, the years of the recent fiscal rules and into the Stalinist order. He exhibits how post-Stalin Soviet leaders struggled to discover how one can rule the rustic with no utilizing Stalin's equipment but in addition with out overtly repudiating the previous, and to barter a relaxed yet antipathetic coexistence with the capitalist West. during this re-creation, he additionally examines the post-Soviet interval, tracing Russia's improvement as much as the current day.

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Kornilov and his fellow mutineers were arrested. The combined effects of the July disturbances in Petrograd and the Kornilov affair were disastrous for the provisional government. The liberals and the moderate socialists alienated first the left and then the right. At a time when danger obviously threatened from both political extremes, the government’s attempt to balance between increasingly hostile forces was doomed. The right believed the existing government could not successfully pursue the war, and the left saw that it could not or would not stop the fighting.

The failure of his undertaking was rapid and complete: soldiers did not carry 22 A History of the Soviet Union out orders, and railroad workers stopped trains taking his troops to the capital. Kornilov and his fellow mutineers were arrested. The combined effects of the July disturbances in Petrograd and the Kornilov affair were disastrous for the provisional government. The liberals and the moderate socialists alienated first the left and then the right. At a time when danger obviously threatened from both political extremes, the government’s attempt to balance between increasingly hostile forces was doomed.

The Whites, whose views were more appropriate to the nineteenth than to the twentieth century, had little appreciation of the role of ideas in politics and tolerated far greater diversity of political opinions. The Cheka, by contrast, allowed only one political organization, and one political point of view, that of the Leninists. The Bolsheviks successfully tailored their social and economic policies to the needs of winning the war. Lenin presented his famous decree on land on the day following his victory.

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