The Soviet State, Civil Society and Moscow Politics: Stability and Order in Early NEP, 1921–1924

  • Richard Sakwa

Abstract

Mikhail Pokrovskii’s view that history was the most political of all the sciences was demonstrated once again with a vengeance as the historiography of the New Economic Policy (NEP) followed the trajectory of rising hopes then dashed expectations of Gorbachev’s perestroika, in its way reminiscent of NEP’s concessions by the state to the market and society.1 Social scientists are often called upon to predict the future, but the Soviet historian’s lot is a much more difficult one: to predict the past.2 In the last years of Soviet power the political agenda changed with startling rapidity, and today the newly-opened archives are likely to modify our understanding of the political processes shaping Soviet development.

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Economic Crisis Europe Arena Defend Editing 

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