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The Rise and Fall of Communism in Russia

Robert V. Daniels


This book offers a survey of the evolution of the Soviet system and its ideology. In a tightly woven series of analyses written during a career-long inquiry into the Soviet Union, the book explores the Soviet experience from Karl Marx to Boris Yeltsin and shows how key ideological notions were altered as Soviet history unfolded. The book exposes a long history of the United States' misunderstanding of the Soviet Union, leading up to the “grand surprise” of its collapse in 1991. The book's assessments, some worked out years ago, are prescient in the light of post-1991 archival revelations. Sovi ... More

Keywords: ideology, Soviet Union, Karl Marx, Boris Yeltsin, history, Communism, revolutionary process, modernization, Soviet system, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106497
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106497.001.0001


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Robert V. Daniels, author

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Front Matter

Part I Marxism and Leninism

Part II The Bolshevik Revolution

Part III The Left Opposition between Lenin and Stalin

Part IV Stalinism

Part V Reform Versus Bureaucracy, from Khrushchev to Brezhnev

Part VI Gorbachev and the End of the Communist System

Part VII After the Fall

End Matter