Soviet History in the Gorbachev Revolution

  • R. W. Davies

Part of the Studies in Soviet and Society book series (SREEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Background: Thaw and Frost — History Before Perestroika (1956–85)

  3. The Mental Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-10
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      Pages 11-26
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      Pages 47-58
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      Pages 59-73
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      Pages 74-87
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      Pages 88-99
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      Pages 100-114
  4. The Politics of Soviet History

  5. Professional History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
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      Pages 167-179
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      Pages 180-184
  6. The Debate in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
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      Pages 187-192
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 204-232

About this book


Since Gorbachev took office in 1985, every aspect of the Soviet past has been under scrutiny. Tens of millions of Soviet citizens are eagerly absorbing and debating the vast outpouring of novels, books and articles, and films and TV programmes, about their past. Much new information has appeared, often sensational, about how the Stalin regime worked and what it meant for top politicians, generals, intellectuals and ordinary citizens. Stalinists, Russian nationalists, democratic socialists and others are locked in bitter debate. Was the victory of Stalinism inevitable? Was there an alternative road to socialism? Even Lenin and his policies are now questioned. The Politburo itself is deeply divided about how far the debate should go and what conclusions should be drawn from it. The reconsideration about the past is part of the discussion about the way forward for Soviet society: how big should be the role of the market? How much freedom and democracy?


civil war democracy history revolution Russia Stalin Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Vladimir Lenin

Authors and affiliations

  • R. W. Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Russian and East European StudiesUniversity of BirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1989
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-49742-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-20060-3
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