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A Vision Unfulfilled, Russia and the Soviet Union in the Twentieth Century, 1996, by John M. Thompson, softcover, published by D. C. Heath and Company, 557 pages plus 55 appendix and index pages.
From the Preface -----
Most histories of modern Russia written before 1991 underscore the stability and durability of the Soviet system that emerged from the Russian Revolution of 1917. The fallacy of this premise, however, became obvious with the Soviet state's disintegration between 1989 and 1991. In addition, the U.S.S.R.'s collapse revealed the powerful impact on Soviet society of escalating urbanization, nearly universal secondary education, and growing access to information. The confluence of these forces catalyzed antisystem attitudes and values among the Soviet populace. The Soviet empire's implosion also highlighted the role of non-Russian nationalism, long smoldering under the cloak of Soviet patriotism.
Writing a book that interprets twentieth-century Russian history in the aftermath of the revolution of 1989 to 1991 requires a thorough recasting of the subject; it is not enough to refurbish a pre-1991 interpretation "around the edges." The conviction that modern Russian history demands a fresh, new analysis underlies this volume. A Vision Unfulfilled reinterprets late tsarist and Soviet history in light of recent insights and events. It also seeks to balance treatment of domestic events with explanations of foreign policy and to show the interaction between these two aspects of modern Russian history. Equally important, the book strives to redress most texts' neglect of the non-Russian peoples living in the Russian and Soviet empires. Without slighting developments among the Russians or at the state's center, the narrative delineates the position of the minority groups, from Balts and Ukrainians to Central Asians, under tsarist and Soviet rule; the stirring of nationalism among them; and the grievances that finally led in 1987 through 1991 to non-Russians' rejection of Soviet and Russian tutelage. Further, the book includes as much social and cultural history as space permitted without losing sight of the central role of politics and economics.
The contents include -----
Soviet Socialism: A Bold Alternative
A Vast and Varied Stage
Russia's Relationship to the West: The Historical Legacy
1: TRADITION AND CHANGE IN IMPERIAL RUSSIA
Autocrats and Bureaucrats: The Tsarist System
The Faces of Tsarist Society
An Empire at Risk: Non-Russians and the Rise of Nationalism
Russia and the West: An Ambivalent Relationship
Alexander II Reforms Russia
New Light on the Issues: Whither Prerevolutionary Russia: The Peasant Controversy
Factories and Cities: The Wave of Industrialization
The Roots of Russian Opposition
The Government Strikes Back
Nicholas II: The Reluctant Tsar
Marxism and Liberalism: The New Opposition
2: REVOLUTION AND REFORM
On the Brink
The October Manifesto
The Duma Experiment
On the Eve of World War I
The Silver Age: Culture and Science Before the War
New Light on the Issues: Russia in 1914: Liberalism Revisited
3: A VISION LAUNCHED: WAR AND REVOLUTION
Pulled into the Fray
World War I Abroad and at Home
The February Revolution: Tsarism Laid Low
The Question of Power
Dissolution of Authority
An Empire Shattered
The Path to Bolshevism
The Bolsheviks Ascendant
New Light on the Issues: The Bolshevik Controversy Revisited
4: A VISION BESIEGED: THE BOLSHEVIKS CLING TO POWER
Leadership in the Making
Putting Slogans into Effect: Peace, Power, and Plenty
Civil Strife and Foreign Meddling
The Bolsheviks Besieged
The Borderlands: The Fight for Self-Determination
Mastering a Ravaged Country
New Light on the Issues: The Civil War: Three Controversies
Power Versus Democracy: Conflict Divides the Party
Red Dawn and New Buttons: Revolutionary Culture
5: A VISION DEFERRED: SOVIET SOCIETY UNDER NEP
One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward
Peaceful Coexistence and World Revolution
Centralism Versus Federalism: The Forging
of the Soviet Union
A Vision Stymied: Party and Society in the NEP Era
New Light on the Issues: The 1920s: The Transitional Decade
Diversity and Control: Culture in the 1920s
6: A VISION RENEWED: STALIN'S ECONOMIC REVOLUTION
The Boy and the Party Stalwart
Stalin's Rise to Supreme Power
New Light on the Issues: The Origins of Stalinism
Russia's Socialist Future: The Bolsheviks' Debate
1928-1929: The Year of the Great Turn
The Scourge of Collectivization
"Fulfill the Five Year Plan in Four!"
7: A VISION DISTORTED: THE TURN TO TERROR
Foreign Policy Contradictions, 1927-1934
Mobilizing the Arts, Science, and Education
Pride, Productivity, and Privilege: Society in the 1930s
Darkness at : Inspiration, Adulation, and Coercion
The Reign of Terror
New Light on the Issues: The Stalinist Holocaust: Views from Above and Below
8: DISASTER, VICTORY, AND A NEW EMPIRE
Stalin's Grand Delusion
From Disaster to Triumph
"All for the Front!"
The Grand Alliance
New Light on the Issues: The Impact of Victory in World War II
The Cold War Ignites, 1946-1950
9: A VISION REFURBISHED: THE KHRUSHCHEV ERA
The Rise of Khrushchev and De-Stalinization
Dampening the Cold War
The Cultural "Thaw"
Sparking the Economy: Khrushchev Under Fire
New Light on the Issues: Khrushchev Revisited
From Showdowns to Detente
Plenty and Paradox: Life in the Khrushchev Years
10: A VISION FADING: STAGNATION AND TRANSFORMATION UNDER BREZHNEV
The Political Process: "Trust in Cadres"
Detente and Its Downfall
An Economy Falters
The Changing Soviet Citizen
New Light on the Issues: The Brezhnev Years: Breakdown or Breakout?
Non-Russians: The Struggle for Identity
Religion: Conformity, Revival, Opposition
The Dissident Movement
"Village Writers" and Valor: Literature and Popular Culture in the Brezhnev Era
11: A VISION REVIVED AND ABANDONED: THE GORBACHEV REFORM ERA
Gorbachev's Rise to Power
Groping for a Formula, 1985-1987
The Apogee of Reform, 1987-1989
Gorbachev Eclipsed, 1990-1991
New Light on the Issues: The Soviet Union: Flawed or Fatally Flawed?
12: IN SEARCH OF NEW VISIONS: THE POST-SOVIET STATES
Disintegration of the Soviet Union
Russia, the "Near-Abroad," and the World
Too Much Shock, Too Little Therapy?
Who's on Top?
Worsening Social Problems
Values, Religion, and Culture in Russia Soviet Successor States in Europe
New Light on the Issues: Whither Russia in 2000?
Post-Soviet States in the Caucasus and Central Asia
EPILOGUE: WHAT WENT WRONG
APPENDIX A: ABBREVIATION KEY
APPENDIX B: RUSSIAN AND SOVIET LEADERS
APPENDIX C: CHRONOLOGY
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