Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favor of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny.
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Yes to the narrator, Toren, NO to S. A. Smith the author
Not write a textbook for admirers of Communism.
The scene at the end where the author sympathizes with the good intentions of Bolshevik butchers.
Lenin, Stalin, the author?
It is quite dishearening, knowing what we know today, that the Russion Revolution shattered so many lives and convulsed and twisted a society of tens of millions into an unimaginably wretched state, that somoeone feels no compunction about writing a short history of these fateful events....from the perspective of teh perpetrators of the terror. While you read this trash, you are given little signals along the way....why is there barely any perspective of the disenfranchised, thte starved, families of the murdered?....are the bolsheviks really just responding to outside pressures the best they can?....until at the end when the author's conculsion pulls back the curtain and you find where the author's sympathies lie, with the idealists who were only trying make things better.
"Well written and narrated"
Being phonetically dyslextic I have studied a lot off material like this with the Open University. I can only say I wish all their material was narrated as well as this. I found it to be very interesting and informative and definitely worth the money
"Useful Introductory Text"
Probably not but it is meant as an introduction so you would tend to move on to more detailed works.
Very clear explanation of a complex period which managed to set the narrative out well, dealt with the complexities of differing ideologies and provide interesting and slightly off-beat details.
The chapter on Soviet social policy was fascinating as it showed that in many ways they were ahead of their time particularly with regard to women's place in society.
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